“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

Paradise Lost and climate sustainability

In John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, the angel Michael shows Adam a vision of the Great Flood that God will send to punish the wickedness of his creation: man. Will Venice, Rotterdam, Boston, south-west Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Burma be the victims of this prediction as global sea levels have risen over the last … Continue reading

Coast Cities in the Fight against Climate Change

As part of the five day conference ‘Coast Cities in the Fight against Climate Change’ at Barbarigo della Terrazza Palace, Venice, I am giving a lecture about Venice and climate change. My lecture takes place at 2:30 PM on 4 May 2011 and will be followed by discussion. If you cannot come, but would like … Continue reading

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