Climate change, human activity rub salt into Venice’s wounds

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Published November 16, 2019, 9:12 AM

By Reuters

ROME – Warming seas and excavations within the Venice lagoon mean the exceptionally high flood waters in the city this week are also saltier, posing an extra threat to its architectural treasures.

People walk in the flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 15, 2019. (REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri/ MANILA BULLETIN)

When the water recedes from the cobbled lanes, marbled palaces and ancient churches of a city that rose up out of marshes 15 centuries ago it leaves salt crystals which slowly corrode the brickwork and will eventually eat it away.

“With the salt water everything becomes more difficult for us,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Friday as a fresh inundation left 70% of

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