High floods in Venice blocked for the second time by the MOSE mobile dams

Today, on 15 October 2020, the MOSE mobile dams blocked Venice from flooding for the second time. At 9.10 am, the tide was at 140 cm at the Malamocco dam outside the lagoon, but it was 54 cm at the Punta della Salute tide gauge inside the lagoon. So the MOSE dams kept Venice dry … Continue reading

Venice raises all ‘MOSE’ mobile dams to block its lagoon from the sea for the first time, despite protests and problems

On 10 July 2020, for the first time ever, Venice’s lagoon effectively became an artificial lake temporarily. This great feat of engineering was achieved by raising all 78 mobile floodgates at the three inlets between the lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. These had all previously been raised during past tests, but this was the first … Continue reading

June floods in #Venice, but these follow the first closing of two inlets with mobile dams

Venice is experiencing rare June flooding after heavy rain and strong winds, which are unusual in the Veneto region at this time of year. On the evening of 4 June 2020, the water level reached 116 cm on the city tide gauge and people waded around a flooded St. Mark’s Square as can be seen … 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.

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

‘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

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