Weather in Rome is a lot nicer than that of our very wet and windy ‘wee country.’ I consulted a holiday website and found that the highest temperatures being 35 degrees in July, and the lowest being 3 degrees in January.
The highest rainfall in days and in volume is in December, with rain for nine days at 90mm. Comparing this to Belfast which has an average of 90mm of rainfall over 26 days in October (the highest rainfall recorded). The graph below shows that the rainfall throughout the rest of the year is pretty low and average over the board, but dips to barely anything in July and August.
Rome also has high daylight levels of sunlight, with 14 hours being in highest in August and 6 in January/ December. Comparing to Belfast which has a high of 13 hours in July and 0 in December.
These high temperatures and low rainfalls would be something to consider in the designing of our world- how could we show this?
Keeping in mind with this weather profile I wanted to look into the CO2 emissions of Italy itself, to see it overall production. Carbon emissions are made through burning fossil fuels, things such as coal or oil, in gaseous, liquid or solid states.
According to the tradingeconomics.com Italy produces 445118.80kt of emissions per annum. Italy has a fairly low CO2 production rate for its size and population. In the last few years (as shown in the graph) the greenhouse gas production has decreased.
Italy is trying to create this sustainable city, prioritising in lowering the effects and its contribution to climate change. A document released by the UN outlined strategies the country, as a whole, planned to prevent further damage. The document also discusses the country’s aim at conserving biodiversity (the total living material in an area). They discussed things such as including more protected areas, building green areas in cities and alternate fuel methods to prevent release of CO2 gases. So, are you can see, Italy is battling to become a more self sustainable country.
I found an article on a town called Varese Ligure that changed to become more self sustainable. The town itself converted to organic farming, cutting down the use of artificial fertilisers, renovated the old derelict homes that made up the town (rather than new builds) and introduced wind turbines for energy.