Heat and drought in Italy is an emergency

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Last month, Italy declared a state of emergency over a worsening drought that has plagued five northern regions in recent weeks, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office announced. The cabinet approved a state of emergency in Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto until December 31 and allocated a 36.5 million euro ($39.5m) fund to help those affected. Italy is facing an unusually early heatwave and


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