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Mayor of Venice, Italy, Blames Climate Crisis for “Apocalyptic” Flooding

HeadlineNov 14, 2019

In Italy, the mayor of Venice has declared a state of emergency after high tides and heavy winds brought floodwaters to nearly 90% of the ancient city. It’s Venice’s worst flooding in 50 years and the second worst on record. At least two people have died, while the famed St. Mark’s Square was submerged by over three feet of water. Officials say the floods have caused hundreds of millions of euros’ worth of damage to historic buildings — many of which may never be repaired. Venice’s mayor called the flooding “apocalyptic” and said climate change was to blame. Scientists predict that Venice could be completely submerged by the end of the century if climate change continues at its current pace.

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