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Italy: A History of Earthquakes

 Italy braces itself once again in the wake of a M 6.6 jolt that shattered the town of Norcia, in the Southeast of Umbria, causing major damage to the Monastery of St. Benedict, one of many Italian architectural jewels that are prone to seismic activity in the central part of the peninsula. Continue reading Italy: A History of Earthquakes

Italy: on shaky grounds

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Satellite image of the Italian peninsula, a seismically-hyperactive land.

The recent, catastrophic quake in Central Italy is the lastest of a series of seismic jolts that have rattled the country since 1908. This alarming seismic pattern can be understood in terms of the dynamics of the Italian peninsula, undoubtedly one of the most geologically-active regions on Earth. Continue reading Italy: on shaky grounds

A record-breaking catastrophe at Zion Canyon, Utah, 4,800 years ago


Nobody could even imagine what might happen if a landslide as catastrophic as the one that struck Zion Canyon, Utah, 4,800 years ago, were to occur today in the same area, a hikers’ paradise visited every year by millions of tourists. Continue reading A record-breaking catastrophe at Zion Canyon, Utah, 4,800 years ago

November 2014 hottest year on record in Italy

Climate change is taking its toll in Italy, overwhelmed by weather-related disasters that have hit the peninsula from north to south over the last 12 months. The new data just released by the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences of the National Research Council (ISAC -CNR) leave no doubts about the extent of the climate emergency in one of the most touristic and sought-after place in the world.

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Exceptionally mild winter conditions in Verona, Italy

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Satellite images for the environment: a breakthrough effort in Italy

A major scientific and technological endeavor in environmental monitoring and protection is underway, headed by the University of Pisa (Italy). One of the major assets of this effort is that it makes use of the huge wealth of data available on the web for anyone who has the professional and scientific skills to make the most of it. Continue reading Satellite images for the environment: a breakthrough effort in Italy

Ban on oil drillings in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Humanmade earthquakes are once again in the news in Italy, after the publication of the ICHESE Report (International Commissions on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Seismicity in the Emilia Region), which was commissioned to an international team of experts in the wake of the pair of quakes that rattled the Po Plain in 2012, claiming 27 lives. Continue reading Ban on oil drillings in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Italian heat

Fierce sunshine in Verona, northeastern Italy
Fierce March sunshine in Verona, northeastern Italy

Temperatures are on the rise; this winter season in Italy was the second warmest since 1800. According with data recently published by the Italian Institute of Atmospheric Science and Climate (ISAC) of the National Research Council (CNR), the average temperature during this winter was 1.8┬░ C higher than the average winter temperatures during the 1971-2000 interval. Continue reading Italian heat

Giant waste landfill in the Italian region of Abruzzo

A huge landfill of toxic waste, 30 hectares filled with 1.8 million tons of substances such as sodium hypochlorite, ammonium chloride, formaldehyde, perchlorates, resulting from decades of industrial processes from a chemical plant in Bussi sul Tirino, has threatened the lives of 700,000 persons living in the southern Italian region of Abruzzo. Continue reading Giant waste landfill in the Italian region of Abruzzo