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Italian council flooded as it debates climate change

Postby toucana on November 14th, 2019, 4:36 pm 

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St. Marks Square in Venice underwater in the worst flooding for 50 years


The historic Veneto council chamber located on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy was flooded just two minutes after its council members rejected climate change measures.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/14/europe/veneto-council-climate-change-floods-trnd-intl-scli/index.html

The historic Italian city has been brought to its knees this week by the worst flooding there in more than 50 years.

And the council chamber in Ferro Fini Palace started to take in water around 10 p.m. local time, as councilors were debating the 2020 regional budget, Democratic Party councilor Andrea Zanoni said in a long Facebook post.

“Ironically, the chamber was flooded two minutes after the majority League, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia parties rejected our amendments to tackle climate change," Zanoni, who is deputy chairman of the environment committee, said in the post, which also has photographs of the room under water.

Among the rejected amendments were measures to fund renewable sources, to replace diesel buses with "more efficient and less polluting ones," to scrap polluting stoves and reduce the impact of plastics, he said.

The regional council meetings on Thursday and Friday were moved to Treviso because of the flooding, according to the council's website.

On Tuesday, Venice's mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed climate change for the unusually high tides in Venice, and said the flooding was "a wound that will leave a permanent mark."
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