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Europe is flooded and on fire. Investigating the climate crisis

With Chiara Spallino, Marta Vidal, Ludovica Jona, Lucy Taylor, Daniel Wizenberg

22 September 2023    15:00 - 16:00

Complesso San Paolo – Sala del Leccio

Via Francesco Selmi, 67
Modena, 41121 Italia


July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded in Europe. That is why now, more than ever, supporting cross-border investigative journalism is important to inform the public about the many challenges we face and the possible ways to address them. In this panel, 4 journalists will talk about their investigations supported by Journalismfund Europe. Marta Vidal investigated how intensive berry farming is depleting scarce water resources, aggravating drought and soil degradation and driving biodiversity loss in one of the continent’s most climate vulnerable regions. Ludovica Jana investigated the issue of deforestation aimed at the production of woody biomass, qualified as renewable energy sources by the European Commission and therefore subsidized by the Member States. Lucy Taylor investigated the dirty trail of British waste from dustbins in England and exposed a British system creaking under the weight of hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste – with illegal dumping happening with impunity both at home and abroad. Chiara Spallino investigated how the Italian government intervention dedicated to the Po river is submerged in opacity and conflict. The journalists will tell the audience how those investigations were made and what impact they had.

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Ludovica Jona

Investigative journalist

Ludovica Jona is a freelance investigative journalist and a film-maker. Her video-investigations were broadcast on Rainews, Report Rai3 and La7. Contributor at Il Fatto Quotidiano online, her work also appeared on international media outlets like The Intercept, Le Monde and…

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Chiara Spallino

Chiara Spallino


Chiara Spallino is a journalist and environmental communicator. As a journalist, she writes about water, agriculture, biodiversity, European policies, and transparency. She is part of the editorial staff of Agenda17, the webmagazine of the Laboratory in Design of Science of…

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Lucy Taylor

Lucy Taylor

Investigative journalist

Lucy is a British investigative journalist, presenter and producer specialising in gripping environment stories for radio, podcasts, TV and film. In 2020, she co-founded Smoke Trail Productions in the UK with Dan Ashby. Upcoming projects include a multi-episode narrative podcast…

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Marta Vidal


Marta Vidal is an independent journalist focusing on social justice and environmental issues across the Mediterranean. She is based between Portugal and the Levant. Her work has been published in The Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy,…

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Daniel Wizenberg

Daniel Wizenberg

JournalismFund Europe

Daniel Wizenberg is journalist and political scientist from Argentina. He is part of RUIDO Photo and the founder of Revista Late. He has written two books: Los que Esperan, following different routes of migrants and refugees around the world, and…

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