Lack of rain leaves Italy gasping

February 20, 2024

Rome (AFP) – A blanket of smog covers Milan, empty reservoir bake in Sicily and wine production is down in Piedmont as a lack of rain across Italy exacerbates pollution and sparks droughts. Northern Italy has ranked among the most polluted areas in Europe for many years. But clean air campaigners say this handicap is too often used as an excuse by authorities for high levels of air pollution. Regions across Italy are suffering drought or severe lack of rainfall. -Bees waking up early -The lack of rainfall is aggravating an already difficult situation, following heatwaves last year which lowered reservoir levels and drove up water consumption.