In these last few years, Italy has shown a general increase in soil loss but the values displayed in the year 2022 go beyond any expectation: 21,500 km2 of soil have been lost which add up to 7.4% of the whole land of Italy.
This is impacting in particular on the temperatures perceived in the urban centers which are getting warmer because of the general increase of urbanization coupled with the decrease of the rural areas which expose the people to a higher hydrogeological risk. This is partly the reason why in the highly dense urban areas, temperatures can go as high as 43/46 °C.
More than half of the world’s population- 4.2 million people- live in urban areas and this number is deemed to increase to 70% by 2050. Urban centers are at the core of economic activity and represent 70% of the global greenhouse gas emissions so they lie right in the middle of the climatic crisis