A flood of the century destroys Venice. The mayor of the lagoon city wants to declare a state of emergency and warns about climate change.
“Venice was brought to its knees,” tweets Mayor Luigi Brugnaro.
“Many of these cultural sites will slowly disappear with sea-level rise, even though they are important parts of human history”, say climate researchers.
St. Mark’s Basilica suffered severe damage, as did the whole city.
80 percent of the city would be under water, there would be “unimaginable damage”.
Venice has been threatened by rising sea levels for years.
It was only a year ago, when it was said from Italy, that a storm had already claimed twelve lives in Italy and damaged cultural assets in Venice.
But this is what happens to almost all historical sites near the Mediterranean coast, according to a recent study examining 49 World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean.
The flood is the sixth in the millennial history of the basilica, and it has never been as bad as it is now.
According to the current study, the most endangered areas include the city of Venice, the medieval city of Rhodes, the old town of Dubrovnik and the ruins of Carthage in Tunisia.
Climate researchers predict that flooding will continue to increase due to climate change, with surveys showing that sea levels around Venice are rising significantly faster than the global average, with average levels increasing by up to 6.6 millimeters per year between 1993 and 2015. “
“We will lose Venice, that is not controversial,” said Anders Levermann of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research a year ago. “What we definitely know: Events like now in Venice are being intensified by global warming,” said Levermann.
“When oceans warm up, more water evaporates into the atmosphere and it has to go out again. This creates more rainfall for the whole globe. At the same time, heavy rainfall events are piling up. “Due to CO2 emissions, Venice will in future be below sea level. “That’s why it’s crucial what we do about it now and in the future.”
Yes, I find it very interesting from time to time when we experience the consequences of climate destruction in our own country, in our own homes, in our own skin.
It hurts, yes!
I think it’s very fair.
As soon as we, human animals experience the consequences of the devastation and destruction of this planet in front of their own door, the state of emergency is called.
Until then, we have lived with the idiotic illusion, it only affects the Brazilians when the Amazon forests burn, and these Asians .. well! they should also stop burning the rainforest for profit … and so .. there are always those, the others down, who are ruining our climate. We up here are just the victims!
Compared to the daily devastation of life, the houses, the families of the orangutans in the rainforest for palm plantations, for which WE ARE ALL to blame, the devastation of the Venetian World Heritage is far more insignificant to me.
Finally, our indifference, the bankruptcy of our moral culture heritage is the cause of this catastrophe, which we humans, an extremely infantile and harmful species, displace and dramatize to their own needs.
My best regards to all, Venus