• About this website/blog

    I am a British citizen and have been living in the Italian region of Venice since 1997. I lecture for the University of Iowa (USA), teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Blog posts about politics and the environment in Venice and Italy are added regularly to this weblog. My writing publications are also provided on themed pages. I hope you enjoy the content. Please feel free to add your own comments. I can also be contacted at dstandish@europe.com. My book 'Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality', published by UPA in the USA in January 2012, is outlined on the book information page link above and can be ordered from Amazon using the link below. Thanks, Dominic.

Venice’s floods are not signs of a ‘climate apocalypse’. My article on the problems faced by #Venice and the nearby area published by @spikedonline.

While Venice and the surrounding area have suffered badly from flooding over the last two weeks, there has not been apocalyptic devastation. Moreover, although climate change has been a cause of rising sea levels and contributed to the flooding, subsidence has been a major cause too. As I set out in the article published on … Continue reading

Doomsday in #Venice|If we built it today. My comments and others in TV programme on Discovery Science, SKY Vision. After the recent high floods, a timely reflection on different responses.

  This programme examines how Venice was built, its unique environment, problems with flooding and sinking and some possible responses. In addition to the MOSE mobile dam project, there are discussions about replicating, moving and pumping Venice up or a combination of these measures. It was broadcast on the Discovery Science channel in the USA … Continue reading

Venice suffers its worst floods for 53 years. My assessment, an update on the MOSE mobile dams and comments about the causes and responses on Euronews

On the night of 12 November 2019, over 80 per cent of Venice was flooded. The reading on the city’s tide gauge reached 187 cm, which was the highest level recorded since November 1966 when 100 per cent of the city was flooded and a level of 194 cm was recorded on the tide gauge. … Continue reading

“Facing Rising Water and Rising Tourism, Venice Fights Back.” Article published by Worth in the USA including my comments.

This article by Jackie Cooperman, including interviews with several people, was published on 5 November 2019. You can read it by clicking on the link below: Facing Rising Water and Rising Tourism, Venice Fights Back Feel free to send me remarks. Thanks, Dominic.

“Italy’s undemocratic government.” As the new government faces confidence votes, my article published by @spikedonline.

A new government was sworn in on 5 September and faces confidence votes in both houses of parliament on 9 and 10 September. If these votes uphold the government, a Eurosceptic government will be replaced by a pro-EU government without an election. You can read the article by clicking on the link below: Italy’s undemocratic … Continue reading

‘Italy needs a general election’. As discussions continue to choose a new government, my article published by @spikedonline argues it is better to let voters decide

In 2018, Italy’s government coalition was selected in negotiations with the President and the EU. This time let the voters decide who governs without non political, technical ministers and not keeping unelected prime minister Conte, as the Five Star Movement is insisting. Click on the link below to read the full article: Italy needs a … Continue reading

“EU drones watch as migrants drown.” My article about how migrants are left to drown and imprisoned. Published by @spikedonline.

The article in the link below was published by Spiked+Online on 14 August 2019; EU drones watch as migrants drown This is the text of the article: EU drones watch as migrants drown Brussels stands accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ for its brutal treatment of migrants. Dominic Standish. A boat carrying 48 migrants, including three … Continue reading

Improving land use to feed more people. Interview with me and an environmental policy specialist on @SkyNews live

Following the publication of the “Special Report on Climate Change and Land” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 8 August 2019. this interview in the link below was broadcast a couple of hours later: Below there is also a link where you can download the Report: Special Report on Climate Change and … Continue reading

‘Venice asks other ports to help find solution to cruise ship problems’. Article published in The Guardian including my comments

On Saturday 3 August 2019, the article in the link below was published and it includes two quotations from me;  Venice asks other ports to help find solution to cruise ship problems

‘Venice Overtourism?’ TV and YouTube interview with me and two Italians on The Newsmakers, @TRT World

This interview was conducted and broadcast on 30 July 2019 and can be viewed by clicking on the link below: Venice Overtourism

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