Extreme events: Giulio Boccaletti presents his latest book “Siccità” on Italian TV

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Giulio Boccaletti, the Scientific Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, appeared on Rai3 program “Quante storie” last Wednesday, September 20, to present his new book, “Siccità. Un paese alla frontiera del clima,” published by Mondadori.

Siccità” is Boccaletti’s second book, following the success of “Water. A biography” (Mondadori), which has been translated into multiple languages and was listed by The Economist as one of the best books of 2021.

The central theme of the book is the drought and severe floods that have impacted Italy during the last two years. It addresses the issue of climate change and the environmental challenges that Italy consequently has to face. The book explores the opportunities and solutions that our country could employ to mitigate the impacts of climate change, which are among the most evident in all of Europe.

“The climate is changing. And even if we were extremely successful in mitigating emissions, we would still witness significant changes,” Boccaletti said during the interview. “So, what can we do? Voting is important; asking our representatives to take care of the environment is important; participating in local discussions in the municipalities where we live is crucial. This is a matter of citizenship. […] The problem is not scientific or technical; it’s genuinely political.”

During the interview, Boccaletti, who is an expert in environmental security and natural resources, analyzed the connection between the climate emergency and the conception and use of water resources, including its political dimension, shedding light on the complex facets of this highly relevant issue.

Quante storie” is a program that delves into cultural, social, and political current events through book presentations, airing daily on Rai 3.

The full interview is available (in Italian) here.

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