Disagreements over whether sea level rises would make Venice’s mobile dams unworkable

On 10 December 2012, the Venice branch of conservationist organization Italia Nostra issued a press release arguing that rising sea levels will make Venice’s mobile dams unworkable: Mose_Pirazzoli_comunicato1 This claim was based on statements made by Paolo Antonio Pirazzoli during a conference presentation on 28 September 2012. Pirazzoli suggested that the design of the dams … Continue reading

Funds assigned to complete Venice’s mobile dams in 2016

This week Venice has witnessed very high flooding again. On Monday 15 October, high tides reached 110 cm above zero on Venice’s tide meter, which is the level designated as a high flood alert. Approximately 12 percent of the historical city was under water, as reported in the Venetian newspaper Il Gazzettino di Venezia on … 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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