Historic flooding in Italy, and the role climate change has played in the destruction

This article discusses historic flooding in Italy, and the role climate change has played in the destruction.

At least 11 people have died in Italy this week due to historic flooding throughout the country, officials said Tuesday.

In Venice, more than 70 percent of the city was inundated as water levels rose over five feet above normal. In addition to heavy rain, sea water was also pushed into the city by a powerful storm and exacerbated by high tides.

In fact, Venice saw its fourth-largest tides since at least 1936, according to the city’s website.

The famous tile floor in Saint Mark’s Cathedral was damaged as the basilica flooded for just the fifth time in nine centuries, Italian media reported.

How did such disaster reach Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

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