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Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice

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Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice

The Italian city of Venice is prone to frequent flooding because it has sunk five inches over the last century, but now it is also grappling with sea-level rise, caused by climate change, which increases the severity. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports on the risks, and Italy's plans to mitigate them, as part of our series “Peril and Promise,” on climate change.
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Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice

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The Italian city of Venice is prone to frequent flooding because it has sunk five inches over the last century, but now it is also grappling with sea-level rise, .

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Vanishing Venice: The sinking city losing its soul | Foreign Correspondent

Italy's “Floating City” is sinking under its sea level and the weight of mass tourism. Now residents of Venice are fighting to save it's soul before it vanishes, as Samantha Hawley reports.


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Why Venice Floods Every Year

Every year Venice, Italy, experiences seasonal flooding, which is known as acqua alta. The video dives into why Venice floods, if it's getting worse and how the city adapts to rising water levels.

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Why is Venice flooding? | ABC News

The mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro has said his city is on its knees after facing an unprecedented flooding event this month.

Water levels rose above 1.5 metres three times in a single week — it's never risen to that level even twice in a single year.

While the damage is still being assessed, there are fears there could be irreparable damage to some of Venice's historic treasures.

The famed Saint Mark's Basilica was flooded for just the sixth time in 1,200 years, but the fourth time in the last two decades.


The haunting sirens that warn Venetians of the acqua alta, or high waters, are becoming more frequent.

Mr Brugnaro has blamed climate change, saying Venice is in the trenches in the fight against rising tides.

But is there more to the city's woes, and can the floods ever be stopped?

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How Climate Change Could Drown New York City | Vanity Fair

Take a look at how climate change and the rising sea level will affect New York City in the future with Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Gasland and the new film How To Let Go Of The World.

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Climate change blamed as 85 percent of Venice under water

The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for floods overwhelming the Italian city, saying this will leave a permanent mark on the city.
More than 85 percent of its landmark squares and streets are under water - hitting their highest recorded level in 53 years.
Two people have died as people are left wading through flooded streets.
Emergency services have been assessing the damage, while some tourist attractions have been completely inundated with water.


Mechtild Rossler, director of the World Heritage Center at UNESCO, talks to Al Jazeera about the significance of Venice's flood.

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How Long Before Tourism Destroys Venice?

Saving Venice: Venice is a world heritage site, but its future hangs in the balance. The population is shrinking as tourist demand increases and climate change is threatening to destroy the foundations of the city.

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25 million tourists visit Venice every year and the number is growing. But as landlords convert apartments into tourist accommodation, permanent accommodation has become scarce. “The city has made a total shift in favour of tourism and against residents,” says housing activist Nicola Ussardi. Ussardi’s group occupies and renovates empty buildings to house evicted Venetians. “We have to give Venetians the possibility of living in their own city. But another problem looms even larger. Engineer Giovanni Cecconi believes rising sea levels could see Venice disappear within a century. “We'll be a ghost town in the worst case scenario.”

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Sinking City: Bangkok seeking ways to fight rising sea levels

The environmental organisation Climate Central reports global heating may cause worse-than-expected flooding in coastal areas. That means as many as 300 million people are living in areas that may be underwater within 30 years. Many of those expected to be most affected live in coastal megacities across Asia, such as Bangkok. Daniel Quinlan reports from Thailand.
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Venice flooding puts three-quarters of the city under its worst water levels in 6 years

Venice faced the worst flooding in a decade as high tide and high winds swamped landmarks and streets in the northern Italian city on October 30.

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Sinking Cities: Tokyo

Tokyo is looking for new ways to fight back against rising waters. Peril & Promise, the public media initiative reporting on the human impact of climate change, scientific solutions and innovation in resilience, mitigation and clean energy, presents the four-part PBS documentary series, “Sinking Cities,” exploring how four global cities are coming to grips with the real-time effects of rising seas and extreme weather. We have a preview.

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Climate change blamed for deadly, damaging floods in Italy l ABC News

Venice is known for seasonal flooding, but this is the second-highest level in recorded history.

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Venice, Italy The Sinking City

Why you must visit The Sinking City of Venice before it's gone! Check out the beauty and uniqueness of this city.

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Why Venice Is Disappearing - Live News 247

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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (  On Tuesday night, as epic floodwaters were rising in Venice, Italy, members of the Veneto regional council gathered in their chambers on Venice’s Grand Canal and, incredibly enough, voted to reject measures to battle climate change. Within two minutes, according to council member Andrea Zanoni, water started pouring in, flooding the chambers with several feet of murky lagoon water.  Coincidence? Maybe. But it almost makes you believe there is a god, and she is laughing hysterically at how foolish humans can be in the face of the climate crisis.  What’s happened in Venice this week, however, is no joke. High winds in the Adriatic Sea drove six feet of water into the city, causing the worst flooding the city has seen in more than 50 years. Tourists took selfies in San Mark’s Basilica in waist-deep water (one man swam across St. Mark’s Square – likely the first, but surely not the last, person ever to do that). Eighty-five percent of the city flooded; at least two deaths were reported. The floodwaters did incalculable damage to the foundations and structural integrity of the 1,000-year-old city’s most iconic buildings, including St. Mark’s Basilica. “These are the effects of climate change,” Venice mayor Luigi Burganaro said as he waded through the flooded city.   Related Trump Sets Date for Official Removal From Paris Climate Accord: One Day After the 2020 Election Jay Inslee Isn't Going Away Related How 'Led Zeppelin II' Was Born 35 Greatest Horror Soundtracks: Modern Masters, Gatekeepers Choose  But the tragedy of Venice is about more than climate change and the power of rising seas. It’s about how bad engineering, combined with greed and incompetence, can make the climate crisis we are facing so much worse.  Venetians, of course, have been dealing with flooding for centuries. The city, which is located in a shallow lagoon at the edge of the Adriatic, was protected from storms by marshy barrier islands called “barene.” As far back as the 12th century, Venetians have been managing the tidal flows into and out of the lagoon by blocking rivers and building up the barrier islands to protect the city. When they built new buildings, they often built them on top of the pillars and foundations of older buildings, which had the effect of gradually raising the city.  But things started changing in the 1960s, with the excavation of the Canale dei Petroli, a channel that was dredged to allow oil tankers to reach Porto Marghera, a deep-water port on the mainland near Venice. The shipping channels changed the tidal dynamics of the lagoon, allowing storm surges from the Adriatic to penetrate deeper and faster into the city. They also hastened erosion of the lagoon, which has widened the inlet into the sea, further increa

Venice's sinking feeling

New research suggests the Italian city of Venice is sinking faster than previously thought.

A study by an American scientific institution using GPS and satellite imaging of the islands for 10 years has found that the city is sinking at a rate of 1 to 2 millimetres per year.

Venetians, however, say they have heard it all before and say the report amounts more to sensationalism than science.

Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga reports from Venice.

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Italian Engineering Countering Rising Sea Levels in Venice

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Saving Venice

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Fears for Venice's basilica after devastating flood

The mayor of Venice has expressed his fears for its basilica after Tuesday's night's devastating flood wreaked havoc across the city.

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