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Sardinia-Italy 9-10 of July
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Islands, such as Sardinia in Italy, are suffering the consequences of rising temperatures and heat waves on their ecosystems. The loss of Posidonia oceanica seagrass beds and forest fires are two clear examples.

Rising temperatures, more intense heat waves and forest fires are affecting every continent. The devastating fires of the summer of 2021 are all too memorable for the people of Italy. According to Extreme E, in 2021, fires "blazed through 20,000 hectares of land, displaced over 1,000 people and killed around 30 million bees".

The spread of fires is closely linked to phenomena such as drought and desertification. Fires also contribute to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the global warming, into the atmosphere. Did you know that forests absorb 7.6 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide globally?

On the other hand, the Posidonia oceanica seagrass bed ecosystems around Sardinia are also threatened by global warming. Seagrass beds are capable of capturing 10 % of oceanic carbon, so protecting these ecosystems is vital in order to combat the climate crisis.

THE PROBLEM

The climate crisis doesn't just affect remote areas. It affects us all. In recent months, regions such as Sardinia have experienced intense heat waves and forest fires, which are endangering the island's ecosystems. However, there is a clear pathway that we can take to reduce the intensity of extreme weather events and to put an end to global warming: we must cut carbon emissions, accelerate the energy transition and implement a circular economy model.

SOLUTIONS

  • In this second season, Extreme E is continuing to monitor the green and blue carbon projects that were launched in 2021 that they are working on together with the MEDSEA Foundation (Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation). The organisation will help support the restoration of forests affected by the forest fires in Italy and the replanting of seagrass beds in the protected areas surrounding Sardinia.

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NEWS TO STAY AHEAD

NEWS TO STAY AHEAD

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