Italy

Who Will Save Venice?

The city will no longer be able to absorb high tides

Piazza San Marco transformed into a set for tourist-photographers. Japanese visitors on motorboats, snapping selfies under the Ponte dell’Accademia. And mayor Luigi Brugnaro who, in front of all the cameras, likes to repeat: “the city will rise again just like the La Fenice opera house.” Indeed, but who will really save Venice?
The Serenissima, the Most Serene Republic of Venice, built over fifteen centuries ago, over time has always managed to adapt to the rising level of the lagoon. But with the acceleration of phenomena related to climate change, the high water of 12 November 2019 (187 centimetres, a record since 1966) may not be an exception. And Venice will no longer be able to absorb such sudden changes.
Extreme events will become more frequent and, according to some experts, the Mose – Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico (Electromechanical Experimental Module) – is not too reassuring about the future of the city: the project was conceived almost twenty years ago and does not take into account certain factors, especially the increased frequency of extreme weather phenomena and the stronger wind of the sirocco, a factor that is helping to make the phenomena even more violent. So, who will save Venice?

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