What is it about water that it insists on moving around? Rising water is the reason the Italian city of Venice has become the latest draftee in the War on Global Warming. The city, which is built on a series of more than 100 islands in a lagoon, is currently suffering from flooding.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro knows exactly what to blame to maximize coverage and disaster funding. The BBC calculates the water has reached the highest level in 50 years, which takes us all the way back to 1969, when some scientists were worried about Global Cooling.
The mayor says the flood waters will “leave a permanent mark.” What’s more, “Now the government must listen. These are the effects of climate change... the costs will be high.” Well sure, anytime the government gets involved, particularly in Italy, the cost “will be high.”
Labeling the flooding as the highest in 50 years is particularly important to Global Warming cult members. That’s because three years before the 50-year cutoff, in 1966, Venice suffered the worst flooding in modern times. Then it was just viewed as a disaster, instead of today’s herald of doom for the entire planet.
If Venice had been as dry as a sand trap on a Trump golf course for the past centuries, this might be a cause for alarm. But Venice is known for its flooding. The city has been hit by floods regularly for the past 1,200 years!
The cause of the floods is well known. When high spring tides coincide with a weather phenomenon known as the Sirocco — strong winds that blow diagonally northeast on the Adriatic Sea — the two produce flooding in Venice. The Italian term for it is Acqua Alta, which is “high water” in English.
Climate alarmists are making a big deal out of what they claim are the top 10 high tides, five of which have occurred in the past 20 years. When you remember that Venice as a whole is slowly sinking into the aforementioned lagoon, it’s not surprising that flood frequency might increase.
Yet here is something that is really interesting. One of the photos used to illustrate the extent of the current flooding is of the Piazza San Marco with water lapping the columns. It does look bad. But Twitter observer Antonio Socci did a bit of research and found a painting by Vincenzo Chilone titled, “View of the Flooded Piazza San Marco.”
The view of the Piazza in the painting is almost identical to that of the photo and even more important so is the water level. And that painting is of a flood in 1825!
One is left wondering why is the flood of 1825 is just bad weather and the flood of 2019 the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it?
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