-Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

LE CESINE NATURE RESERVE, ITALY: Fire, temperature and weather sensors are set up by the CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change) to monitor and predict wildfires seen on September 22, 2021 in Le Cesine nature reserve, Italy. The recent and unprecedented wildfires around the Mediterranean Sea prompted leaders to sign a historic agreement to collectively tackle climate change. (Photo by Janos Chiala/Getty Images)

-Cerano, summer of 2021

The Cerano coal power plant of Cerano, near Brindisi, releases into the sea billions tons of hot water every year, and is also responsible for about one third of Italy’s carbon dioxide emissions.

-Heatwave in Salento

Civil protection volunteers delivering water and fresh produce to elderly people on August 13, 2021 in Lecce, Italy. A heat wave carried by the anticyclone named “Lucifer” hit Italy, and in particular the south of the country, where a record-breaking temperature of 48.8 degrees was registered in Sicily.


As summer comes to Puglia, in South Italy, increasing numbers of dead locusts can be found in the countryside. Gigantic swarms of these insects are currently wrecking havoc from East Africa to India and even Sardinia in what is quickly becoming a global crisis, and in the midst of a serious drought, the main trigger for this pest, farmers in the Mediterranean region are getting nervous.