By Ivan Maltsev
Global climate change has caused a sea-level rise in Italy. This was especially reflected in Venice, which suffers from regular floods and is under threat of flooding. Abnormally high tides have become more frequent in the city, water has become more frequent to historical heat buildings in the center, the Associated Press writes.
Over the past 20 years, the water level in the canals of Venice has overcome the “flood” mark 163 times, while over the previous hundred years, this has happened only 166 times. The number of floods is also growing: since the beginning of observations in 1872, the water has risen above 140 centimeters only 25 times, and most cases occur in the XXI century.
Venice is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List but is not considered an endangered object. Jane Da Mosto, founder of the non-profit association “We Are Here Venice,” says that many Venetians do not realize the scale of the climate crisis because they are used to living in conditions of periodic flooding. According to the project of the authorities, the city should be protected by a system of movable barriers worth about six billion euros, known as the Mose project. Still, due to flaws, Mose is effective only against massive seasonal floods, but not against tides, which have been happening much more often lately.
According to a new study published by the European Union of Geosciences, the worst-case scenario assumes sea level rise in Venice to 120 centimeters by the end of the century. This is almost half as much as the UN forecast for an increase in the total level of the world’s oceans for the same period.