Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was clear: "They are still denying and ignoring the fact that we are facing a climate emergency, and the climate crisis has not yet been treated as a crisis. As long as the climate crisis is not treated as a crisis, the necessary changes will not happen.
It is now clearer than ever that the climate crisis has never been treated as a crisis, neither by politicians, the media, businessmen and nor by finance. The longer we continue to pretend we are on a reliable path to reduce emissions and that the necessary actions to avoid a climate disaster are available in today's system, the more precious time we will lose.
Injustices and the underlying social and racial oppression that have laid the foundations of our modern world. " In an article published by The Guardian, Greta Thunberg accused EU politicians of not recognizing the importance of the climate crisis and said that the post-pandemic 750 billion euro post-pandemic recovery plan from Covid-19 does not do enough to address the climate issue.
For the Swedish activist, and for the entire Friday For Future movement, the package of measures agreed by EU leaders shows that politicians do not treat climate change as an emergency. In support of this, despite the promise that 30% of the package should go to climate policies, no details have been given on how this money will be invested.
Friday For Future group and other activists have written an open letter to EU leaders asking them to take immediate action to avoid the worst effects of the ecological crisis. The letter, signed by 80,000 people including some of the world's leading scientists, claims that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that most leaders are able to act quickly and decisively when they feel it is necessary, but that the the same urgency has been lacking in the response to climate changes.
European floods due to the climate crisis
An international study conducted by Günter Blöschl of the Technical University of Vienna explains how the last three decades have been among the richest flood periods in Europe in the past 500 years.
The study also shows how these last three decades differ from other periods full of river floods in terms of duration, extension in space, air temperature and seasonality of floods. Compared to the past, the present period is more extensive, the seasonality of the floods has varied and the relationship between floods and air temperature has reversed.
In the past, alluvial phenomena occurred more frequently in decades characterized by low temperatures, while today global warming is one of the main factors of their increase. Data analysis identified nine flood-rich periods and the regions associated with them.
Among the most relevant periods, 1560–1580 in western and central Europe, 1760–1800 with most of Europe, 1840–1870 in western and southern Europe and 1990–2016 in western and central Europe stand out.