According to the National Pulse, Italy's National Confederation of Direct Farmers (Coldiretti) suggests that up to 60 percent of the country's wildfires are man-made. Roberto Occhiuto, president of the southern Italian region of Calabria, put forward a much higher amount of 80 percent.
Coldiretti's Francesca Giardina said land takes around 15 years to fully recover from wildfires. But even after recovery, she warned that it becomes prone to landslides. Given the extreme temperatures and lack of rainfall in southern Italy, Giardina stressed that "petty pranks" easily turn into wildfires and properties turn into ruins.
Italian police recently arrested a 79-year-old man for allegedly setting fire to 30 hectares of olive groves in central Sicily. Meanwhile, Giada Nicolo said one such conflagration nearly destroyed her family home. The resident of Mosorrofa village in southern Calabria believes arsonists were responsible.
Calabria has been severely affected by wildfires, and the region's authorities have used drones to scan potential targets of arsonists. The drones have captured images of "organized arson squads," indicating intentional and premeditated actions behind some of the fires.
Not all man-made fires are necessarily the result of criminal intent, however. Farmers have also been found starting fires clumsily to clear weeds. Others point to either shepherds looking to convert woodland into grazing land or rural neighbors involved in disagreements. A number even suspect that firefighters might be starting the blazes to gain attention and increased funding from local authorities. (Related: Arson is the likely cause of Quebec wildfires, not carbon emissions.)
Meanwhile, the UN has blamed "climate change" for the wildfires in Calabria.
During a press conference at its headquarters in New York City (NYC), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the planet is now "literally boiling" due to human activity. He stressed that the effects of climate change are no longer mere predictions, but are already visible in the form of wildfires and extreme weather events, rising sea levels and record-breaking temperatures worldwide.
"Climate change is here. It is terrifying, and it is just the beginning," said Guterres, who added that the world has entered an era of "global boiling" rather than just global warming. "The air is unbreathable, the heat is unbearable and the level of fossil fuel profits and climate inaction is unacceptable."
The UN head highlighted the consequences of "unchecked greenhouse gas emissions" and the "expansion of fossil fuel industries" as the main drivers of this crisis. He also pointed to a rising disparity in "climate vulnerability," where the most severe impacts are felt disproportionately by vulnerable communities in developing nations.
Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal, called on global leaders for immediate action to combat the alleged crisis as part of his call for "climate justice." He demanded aggressive measures from different countries to slash emissions, halt oil and gas expansions and phase out coal power plants by 2030.
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