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.

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

CityCity Magazine feature ‘Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition’

Below the article ‘Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition’ by Dominic Standish is reproduced from CityCity Magazine, Issue 3, Autumn 2013. For the full issue including the other articles please refer to wwww.citycitymagazine.com and contact the Editor, William Arthurs. CityCity Magazine, in the Autumn 2013 Issue, also published a book review of Venice … Continue reading

Venice’s ‘MOSE’ mobile dams; First test for 4 barriers successful

Four mobile barriers of Venice’s dam project have been tested at the North Lido inlet where the Venetian lagoon meets the Adriatic Sea. This test was successfully completed on 12 October 2013 and images of the first four of a total 78 barriers can be viewed in this link: Mose, si alzano le prime paratoie … Continue reading

New York Review of Books regurgitates pessimism about the death of Venice, climate alarmism and prejudices about tourists

A new article, ‘The Coming Death of Venice?’, by Anna Somers Cocks about Venice in the New York Review of Books regurgitates pessimism about the death of the city, climate alarmism and the usual prejudices about tourism. The death of Venice is a remarkably unoriginal subject. It was an emergent theme when Venetians suffered from … Continue reading

Book review of Roger Scruton’s ‘Green Philosophy’: weaknesses in thinking seriously about the planet

This is my review of Roger Scruton’s book ‘Green Philosophy. How to Think Seriously About the Planet’. The review was published by the Manchester Salon website on 22 April 2013 and I will be one of the speakers at a debate at the Salon on 24 April 2013. See this link to the debate: Modernisation, … Continue reading

Venice, the Caribbean and New York: the storms that blew away rationalism

Following weeks of high flooding in Venice, the Caribbean and New York, the article below was published by Spiked-Online on 19 November 2012. You can click on this link to the original publication: The storm that blew away rationalism The storm that blew away rationalism The belief that recent storms were caused by climate change … Continue reading

Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition – article on Spiked-Online

This article is an edited extract from my book Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality (2012). The article was published on 27 January 2012 and can be read by clicking on the link below: Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition The article is adapted from the book’s conclusion, so is not exactly … Continue reading

“Planetary alarm” for an “ecological disaster” in Venice?

The environmental group Italia Nostra (Our Italy) dramatically declared impending catastrophe in Venice during a national press conference on 4 July. Cristiano Gasparetto, a member of the board for Italia Nostra’s Venice chapter, announced that Venice risks becoming an “ecological disaster.” Alessandra Mottola Molino, Italia Nostra’s President, explained that “We need to launch a planetary … Continue reading

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