Gradually we return to normality, after the bad weather last month caused damage and inconvenience throughout Italy, in Rome, Matera and many other cities. Not to mention Venice, where high water has made the daily lives of residents, students and tourists difficult for almost 3 weeks. The acqua alta of last November 12th, with its 187 cm, is among the highest tides ever recorded, second only to the 194 cm achieved in 1966. Phenomena of such exceptionality are just in time to grow discussions: in addition to the dramatic situation to which the population is forced to cope, they move important reflections, on the part of experts as well as ordinary people, on climate change and the countermeasures that we can and must adopt.
The peak of the high tide recorded is an evident and undeniable alarm bell that has attracted the attention of the whole world: unfortunately, when we look for data, the exceptionality does not seem unexpected and in fact it suggests that in the next years things will get worse.