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World Venice is underwater — and a preview of what climate change will bring to coastal cities

04:00  16 november  2019
04:00  16 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Venice Beach littered with needles and other medical supplies that washed up onshore

  Venice Beach littered with needles and other medical supplies that washed up onshore Lifeguards say the area has been cordoned off and Los Angeles Public Health has been notified.Lifeguards found a "large amount" of medical supplies around 11:30 a.m. PST along the beach south of the Venice Beach Pier, according to tweets from the Lifeguard Division of the LA Fire Department.

Venice is underwater — and a preview of what climate change will bring to coastal cities . Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the “dramatic situation” was brought on by climate change , in an appeal for additional donations to repair the devastation brought on by the worst flooding in half a century.

More tidewater roared into Venice on Friday, layering more catastrophic floods into the lagoon city and panicking residents over the viability of living on While the city may recover on the surface, as it has before, climate scientists have said Venice is a harbinger of the problems facing all coastal cities

More tidewater roared into Venice on Friday, layering more catastrophic floods into the lagoon city and panicking residents over the viability of living on the lip of the Adriatic Sea.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the “dramatic situation” was brought on by climate change, in an appeal for additional donations to repair the devastation caused by the worst flooding in half a century.

While the city may recover on the surface, as it has before, climate scientists have said Venice is a harbinger of the problems facing all coastal cities, as melting ice sheets and warming oceans raise sea levels to unprecedented heights.

Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood

  Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood The mayor of Venice blamed climate change for flooding of the historic canal city that hit the second-highest levels ever, as the city braced for yet another wave on Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters (74 inches) late Tuesday, meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. The highest level ever recorded was 198 centimeters (78 inches) during infamous flooding in 1966.

Venice , Italy is experiencing its worst flooding in more than 50 years. The floods resulted in calls Wednesday to help protect the historic city from “ Venice is on its knees,’’ Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Twitter. He added that “St. Mark’s Basilica has sustained serious damage, like the entire city and

The climate is changing , the mostly cheerful people seem to be saying, but what are we going to do about it? Perhaps there aren’t as many cheerful people. This year’s flood is the worst the city has seen in over These spectacles remind me of the course I taught on climate change in Venice , in

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“Venice is the pride of all of Italy,” Brugnaro said in a statement, the Associated Press reported, as officials said the city was 70 percent submerged. “Venice is everyone’s heritage, unique in the world.”

St. Mark’s Square, the city’s famous piazza, was closed as seagulls swarmed the knee-high water. The flood rose to over six feet in some areas. Italy declared a state of emergency and released 20 million euros to repair the extensive damage.

The total damage could run into the hundreds of millions, Brugnaro said.

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Cities from Beijing to Bangkok could find themselves submerged if climate change continues as predicted. The looming crisis is spurring them to feats A sizeable number of coastal cities have yet to adequately prepare for rising sea levels. This is dangerous. As the World Economic Forum's Global

He told me that he’s surprised that people are still buying, building and investing in coastal Florida. The climate change -induced real estate crisis is imminent in the south, and it’s going to have a brutal impact on those who can’t afford new insurance, relocation, lowered property values, or bandages

Because of rising seas, extreme flooding that used to occur in Venice once every 100 years is expected to recur every six years by 2050, according to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This could become far more common by 2100, recurring every five months. This only takes sea-level rise into account, which will become a progressively greater concern as time goes on.

The bigger issue: Venice is sinking. That means these flood recurrence periods, calculated for the IPCC report, are on the conservative side.

a group of people walking in the rain: People walk in the flooded street near Rialto bridge in Venice. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images) People walk in the flooded street near Rialto bridge in Venice. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday’s floods are due to another storm in a similar position southwest of Italy, with winds blowing from the southeast to northwest across the Adriatic, piling water toward Venice. Coming atop astronomical high tides and long-term subsidence plus sea-level rise, it’s becoming easier to flood the city to severely damaging levels.

Venice paralyzed by the worst flooding in half a century

  Venice paralyzed by the worst flooding in half a century Residents in the iconic city on a lagoon are used to water, but the mayor has called this year's high tides "apocalyptic," and says climate change is to blameVenice sits on a tidal lagoon, just above sea level, so the city's squares and streets often get wet at high tide. This week, though, the water peaked more than six feet above the usual level, and at least one death has been blamed on the flooding already.

Venice ’s mayor said the damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros and blamed climate change for the “dramatic situation” in the historic city . He called for the speedy completion of the city ’s long-delayed Moses flood defense project. He also called for donations from Italy and abroad to help

Asian cities will be worst affected. The regional impact of these changes is highly uneven, with four “I’d heard that historically, tsunamis caused by earthquakes put many parts of Osaka underwater , and I “There are studies indicating that our city is one of many coastal human settlements around the

All around the busiest parts of the city, water slicked the floors of cafes and Murano glass shops and seeped into hotel lobbies, leaving a smell of sewage in its wake.

Venice, over the centuries, has diverted rivers to protect the lagoon and extended the barrier islands. But now, the sea level is rising several millimeters a year.

Offshore, at the inlets between those barrier islands, a massive project known as MOSE could potentially boost Venice’s protection — with floodgates that could be raised from the sea during high tide, sealing off the lagoon.

The project, launched in 2003, was once forecast to finish in 2011. Then 2014. Now, projections call for completion in 2022.

Venice has thrived since the fifth century. But even locals with canal water in their blood are taken aback at the flooding and predictions to come.

“It’s a city full of history,” said Vladimiro Cavagnis, a fourth-generation Venetian gondolier who chauffeurs tourists on the city’s trademark boats. “A history that, little by little, with water, will end up like Atlantis. People are destroyed, anguished, sad. They see a city that is disappearing.”

Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli in Venice contributed to this report.

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“The threat is if Venice becomes uninhabitable by normal humans beings."“This is certainly the moment to draw attention not to the cats of Venice but to its buildings, which are slowly but surely disintegrating,” the reader wrote.

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