Italian cities show "patchy" green record

NGO report says "chaotic and polluted" urban areas are trailing in race to sustainability

An annual report on the sustainability of Italian cities co-authored by green NGO Legambiente reveals an overall gloomy picture punctuated by isolated achievements.  Measuring 125 environmental indicators, the "Urban ecosystem 2008" report finds Italian cities "unsustainable, chaotic, polluted".  They "trail behind Europe" in their ability to tackle the key urban challenges of transport and energy efficiency.  Northern towns make the top ten places, while the south takes nine out of the ten bottom places. Rome, Milan and Naples - Italy’s largest cities - take positions 55, 58 and 91 respectively.  See Legambiente press release and report (Italian).

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