CityCity Magazine feature ‘Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition’

Below the article ‘Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition’ by Dominic Standish is reproduced from CityCity Magazine, Issue 3, Autumn 2013. For the full issue including the other articles please refer to wwww.citycitymagazine.com and contact the Editor, William Arthurs. CityCity Magazine, in the Autumn 2013 Issue, also published a book review of Venice … Continue reading

Book review of Roger Scruton’s ‘Green Philosophy’: weaknesses in thinking seriously about the planet

This is my review of Roger Scruton’s book ‘Green Philosophy. How to Think Seriously About the Planet’. The review was published by the Manchester Salon website on 22 April 2013 and I will be one of the speakers at a debate at the Salon on 24 April 2013. See this link to the debate: Modernisation, … Continue reading

Paper published about Venice and Italy: Renewables Policy as a Barrier to Energy Innovation

This academic paper by Dominic Standish has been published in the journal Energy and Environment, Vol. 23, No. 6 & 7, 2012. The full text of the paper is available using the publisher’s website here: Italy: Renewables Policy as a Barrier to Energy Innovation This is the abstract of the paper: Italy’s limited natural energy … Continue reading

Mayor of Venice reveals possible new solution to cruise ship ‘problem’

Giorgio Orsoni, Venice’s Mayor, has revealed that he has commissioned a study to investigate establishing a new maritime port for cruise ships at Marghera, which is on the mainland side of the Venetian lagoon. This proposal was outlined during a meeting on 2 October 2012 between the Mayor and representatives of the “No Big Ships” … Continue reading

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

“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

Anti-Nuclear Demonstrations

Demonstrations against restarting nuclear power generation in Italy have been held in Venice and other cities in Italy in the buildup to the planned referendum on 12 and 13 June 2011. A demonstration on St Mark’s Square, Venice, highlighted the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in … 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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