Venice’s canals go dry following weeks without rain

February 5, 2018 by  
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Venice has historically had a problem with too much water inundating its canals, but thanks to a combination of low tides and a lack of rain over the last few weeks, the sinking city’s waterways have turned into channels of mud. Indeed, unusual weather patterns have caused Venice’s water levels to plummet by more than two feet (60cm), rendering a number of channels completely unusable. And with no way to move through the city, many locals have left their boats and gondolas to languish in the muck. The Independent reports that dip in water is the direct result of low tides caused by the super blue blood moon paired with unseasonably dry weather. This, however, is not the first time the Italian city has seen its canals go dry; in 2016, water levels fell by 2.16 feet (66cm), and in 2008 and 1989 levels dropped by 2.95 feet (90cm). The canals are expected to return to normal when the rain returns. Related: Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free  While the phenomenon is surely alarming, flooding remains the biggest threat to the city.  Quarternary International published a report last year forecasting that Venice could disappear by the end of the century as a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change . The Mediterranean Sea is in fact predicted to rise by 4.59 feet (140cm) before 2100. The city itself is also sinking at a rate of about 1-2mm a year. Via Independent UK Images via Wiki Commons and Flickr

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Venice’s canals go dry following weeks without rain

More Than Jobs, We’ve Outsourced Our Carbon Emissions

March 9, 2010 by  
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image: Carnegie Institution We’ve written about the phenomenon of outsourced carbon emissions a number of times, with the example of perhaps up to one third of China’s emissions coming from manufacturing goods destined for consumption abroad being most prominent. Well, a new study by scientists at the Carnegie Institution adds some more data to our our understanding of this issue:..

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Does Modern Architecture Make People Sad?

January 26, 2010 by  
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Lying on his back, watching the passing clouds, he worried over the Nathaniel Hawthorne lookalike’s role in this grim threesome. (Dwell magazine, November 2009) We are big fans of Dwell Magazine and show a lot of great green design from their pages, and we are big promoters of minimalist design, the idea that less is more. Commenters often disagree, suggesting that such houses don’t look comfortable and inviting

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Kansas Utility Agrees To 500 Million Dollar Penalty For Coal-Fired Power Plant Emission Violations

January 26, 2010 by  
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Jeffrey Energy Center, Kansas. Image credit: Washington Post.

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New Styles from Veja Shoes: High Tops, Bags, and a Fixed-Gear Special

January 26, 2010 by  
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Images: Veja It’s been a bit since the last time we checked in with Veja , the French maker of easy-on-the-earth, nice-to-the-workers, ever-so-fresh footwear. So it was gratifying to find they’ve not been asleep at the switch

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