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

Environmentalists in Venice are riding the waves of a cruise crash

Venice’s No Grandi Navi (No Big Ships) campaign, which is supported by many environmentalists, has been bolstered by the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash. But the campaign’s claims do not justify the banning of cruise ships from the Venetian lagoon. Nor do they merit the phasing out of cruise ship passage through the waters of … Continue reading

My book ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’ published in the USA

My book below is published in the USA this week and can be ordered from Amazon.com, the French, Japanese and Canadian Amazon websites and other websites. It will be available for delivery from the UK soon. Here is the link to order from Amazon.com: Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality Description: Venice and its … Continue reading

No replacement of Venice’s Accademia Bridge

The ‘temporary’ wooden Accademia Bridge (see image below) will not be replaced by a new wooden and steel structure, as announced by Venice’s Public Works Councillor Alessandro Maggioni on 30 November 2011. Even though the proposed replacement was commended by Maggioni for its design (see image below) and being economical, he stated that the primary … Continue reading

Debate: ‘Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city?’

This panel discussion and public debate will be held on Tuesday 11 October, 7.45pm until 9.45pm, De Marchi Room, CIMBA/Filippin Institute, Via San Giacomo 4, Paderno del Grappa, 31017, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. The debate has been jointly organised by the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA), Iowa University and the Institute of Ideas. … Continue reading

New Venice terminal for cruise ships and campaign against them

A new terminal called ‘Isonzo 2’ was opened at the Maritime Station in Venice on 13 July. This terminal will provide more space for larger cruise ships to dock, as illustrated by the Venice Port Authority here: Inauguration of the new Cruise Terminal Isonzo 2 However, the inauguration of the new terminal was met with … 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

Tourist tax for Venice?

The Vice-Mayor of Venice, Sandro Simionato, this week advocated the rapid introduction of a tax on tourists to Venice. The tourist tax, which is likely to be known as the ‘Venice ticket’, would initially be added to hotel bills. “The ticket will arrive as soon as possible and will bring the city €24 million a … Continue reading

Yacht docking proposal under scrutiny

A request from the company ‘Venice Yacht Pier Srl’ to construct new docking facilities along the Riva dei Sette Martiri are being scrutinised by Venice Port Authority and Venice City Council. The proposal is for a double quay and a dock of 2,430 square meters to be situated at the water’s edge between St Mark’s … Continue reading

Environmentalists challenge train link to Venice airport

Plans for a high-speed train (TAV) link between Venice’s Marco Polo airport and Venice’s neighbouring city Mestre are facing opposition from Green Party members of Venice City Council. The Council will examine the plans on Friday 18 February 2011. Gianfranco Bettin of Venice’s Green Party argues the plans will create unacceptable risks and lack sufficient … Continue reading

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