Letter Handed to Italian Prime Minister Fearing That Venice Will Be Lost by 2100
Rising sea levels have been well documented within the scientific community for some time now. To combat the threat to many coastal cities, nations across the world, such as the UK and the Netherlands have put measures in place to prepare for the imminent ecological changes that will take place over the next 100 years.
Last weekend during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi, was handed a letter that implored him to plan against the ecological threat to the city of Venice. The document was signed by a group of writers, historians, and scientists at one of Italy’s most revered academic centers — the Istituto Veneto delle Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.
The letter states that if proper measures aren’t put into place, Venice and the surrounding lagoon will be unsustainable by the year 2100. “Serious humanitarian and ecological disasters are already being caused by climate change and these will worsen exponentially unless global warming is controlled,” the letter said further. Additionally, the researchers at ISVLA predict that the rustic buildings will simply crumble into the sea if a comprehensive city rescue plan is not put into place.
As the sea levels are expected to rise around 2mm a year, many of the cities along Italy’s coastlines face an equal ecological threat. ISVLA, along with artists from around the world hope that prime minister Draghi will create a new authority that can develop protectionary measures that will not be halted by political wrangling.
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