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Venice is saved! Woe is Venice

In the middle of the night, as the tide rose, winds whipped and waves grew, an engineer in a command center on an artificial island on the rim of the Venice lagoon clicked an arrow on his screen reading, “Lift.”

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Venice's dry canals: What travelers need to know

If you’ve seen photos of Venice over the past few weeks, there’s one thing you won’t have missed: the half-dry canals. Here's what you need to know.
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Venice's new MOSE barrier just prevented a historic flood

Piazza San Marco floods some 100 days per year. Though a barrier system is raised to prevent more extreme events, the inundation in Venice's most iconic spot happens even on normal days.

Saving Venice from flooding may destroy the ecosystem that sustains it

Saving Venice from flooding may destroy the ecosystem that sustains it

A system of moveable walls, called Moses, protects Venice from colossal high tides that are worsening with climate change. But they’re also destroying the marshes that keep the lagoon alive.
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The wonder of wetlands: The secret weapon in the battle against climate change

Saltmarshes are havens of biodiversity and act as natural barriers to storms - but they can also sequester carbon from the atmosphere 50 times faster than a tropical forest.

To survive climate change, Venice needs to rethink its outdated flood defenses
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To survive climate change, Venice needs to rethink its outdated flood defenses

Venice’s flood defences are keeping the city dry, but scientists warn they’re not prepared for rising sea levels.
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Climate change: Venice off-season flooding worsens

Venice saw a record five exceptional floods over six weeks in late 2019 that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change on the Italian lagoon city beloved by tourists.

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