Snails Cooked Alive in Shells During Brutal Heat Wave

by Courtney Blackann

The United States is not the only country affected by heat this summer. One Italian town is also experiencing major devastation. Temperatures reached triple digits and cooked snails inside their shells this week. While some of the creatures were able to burrow into the dirt, the majority of the snails died.

The August heat has been widespread across Italy. Temperatures reached nearly 124 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Huffington Post. The heatwave may be the hottest ever in Europe, according to records. Temperatures previously reached a scorching 118 degrees in the 70s. The loss doesn’t come without consequences.

Furthermore, the Sicilian town of Floridia lost fruit and other goods. Additionally, blackouts in the region caused by high air conditioner use added to the problems.

Italian snail farmer Giusy Pappalardo uses her snails for cuisine in that region of Italy. The loss is crucial for her business. She said while some of the snails may survive, she doesn’t think they will fare well long-term.

In addition to the rising temperatures this summer, Italy, Greece and Turkey experienced massive wildfires throughout the region. The fires undoubtedly spawned from the extreme temperatures.

Recently, a United Nations report concluded that rapid changes to the atmosphere, land and sea are caused “unequivocally” by human emissions. The report indicated humans are producing increasing levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

Temperatures Hit US Hard Earlier This Year

Much like Europe is experiencing devastating temperatures and wildfires this month, the US also experienced its share of tremendous wildfires earlier this summer.

In June, an Arizona fire expanded a shocking 70,000 acres across the state. This was in addition to another wildfire that, combined, burned 150,000 acres of land. At least one cause of the wildfires remains unknown in the region.

Moreover, California, Oregon, Washington and Montana saw record temperatures with triple digits. The western states experienced dry heat and fires throughout much of June and July. An increase in wildfires experienced in Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota made headlines too.

Additionally, earlier this year, the national monument Mount Rushmore closed down due to excessive wildfires in South Dakota. At least 400 people near Rapid City had to evacuate in March due to the uncontrolled fires engulfing the state. Others received warnings about evacuating.

As firefighters and first responders were called into the region, people were warned by city officials to stay away and let the workers do their jobs.

The Rapid City wildfires expanded across 1,900 acres and scorched several outbuildings. At least one home burned down at the time.