‘WAR ON PLASTIC: A LOAD OF RUBBISH?’ BATTLE OF IDEAS PANEL DEBATE, LONDON’S BARBICAN, 14 OCTOBER 2018: AUDIO FILE & FILM CLIPS

I produced and was one of four speakers who gave seven minute introductions on this topic, before some great audience questions and discussion. Click on one of the links below for an audio file of the debate. The first link is a little slow to load as it is a big file. If you have … Continue reading

Italy’s terrible Morandi Bridge disaster in Genoa. My article published on Spiked-online

FIVE STAR’S HYPOCRISY OVER THE MORANDI BRIDGE DISASTER. Italy’s terrible Morandi Bridge disaster in Genoa. My article published on Spiked-online on 21 August 2018 can be read by clicking on the link below; FIVE STAR’S HYPOCRISY OVER THE MORANDI BRIDGE DISASTER  

My interview on Sky News live 15/8/18 about the tragic collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge

The footage can be viewed by clicking on the link below: My interview on Sky News live 15/8/18 about the tragic collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge

Decisions made for Venice cruise ships, channel routes and offshore platform.

A meeting was held on 7 November 2017 in Rome of the ‘Comitatone’ committee charged with managing Venice and its lagoon. This committee includes representatives of the national government and local administrators, including the Mayor of Venice.   After years of debate about different scenarios for cruise ships navigating the Venetian Lagoon, it was decided … Continue reading

The mobile dam system in Venice is delayed by four years, but claimed as being six months late.

After an agreement on Wednesday 29 March 2017, an article in the newspaper Corriere Del Veneto claimed on 30 March 2017 that the delivery of Venice’s MOSE mobile dam system had slipped by six months. Yet the very same newspaper published an article on 28 April 2015 in which it was stated that the same … Continue reading

Venice’s Festa della Sensa on May 7-8 2016 symbolises the city’s changing environmental, political, economic, religious and military relationships

Venice’s Festa della Sensa will be held on 7-8 May 2016. Sensa is Venetian for Ascension referring to the Ascension of Christ. Yet Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) in Venice also celebrates the ceremony of Spozalizio del Mare (Marriage to the Sea). The changing role of this ceremony symbolizes Venice’s changing environmental, military, political, religious and economic … Continue reading

President of Venice port authority proposes underground subway train system linked to a new cruise ship terminal

An underground subway train system for Venice is back on the agenda. As the debate about how to manage cruise ships in Venice rages, a report on 15 March 2015 states that the President of Venice Port Authority, Paolo Costa, has sent a proposal to Rome to create a cruise ship terminal on the Lido … Continue reading

Definitive layout presented for offshore platform for Venice

Plans to develop Venice’s port with an offshore platform and changes to onshore facilities are progressing. It was reported on 11 November 2014 that the Dutch company Royal Haskoning DHV presented its definitive layout of the platform to Venice’s Port Authority: Terminal offshore, consegnato layout definitivo The cost of the project has been reduced and … Continue reading

Misleading campaign against proposal for new cruise ship Contorta canal in Venice

A campaign has been gathering support against the dredging of a new canal in Venice since 8 August, 2014. On that date, a national government committee decided in favour of creating the new canal to re-route cruise ships through Venice. However, an environmental impact assessment is set to be conducted before 6 November 2014, which … Continue reading

Review published in ‘Theory in Action’ Journal of ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’

A book review was published on 31 July 2014 in the journal ‘Theory in Action’ of ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’ by Dominic Standish. The review was written Dr James Panton, who is a widely respected Oxford lecturer and educator. My thanks to him for his positive and insightful remarks. This is a … Continue reading

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