Venetian council offices were flooded TWO MINUTES after rejecting measures to combat climate change

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The Venetian council offices were flooded two minutes after rejecting measures to combat climate change, a councillor has claimed.

The historic Palazzo Ferro Fini on the banks of the Grand Canal began taking on torrents of water at around 10pm on Tuesday night just moments after amendments were tabled to scrap diesel buses and reduce plastics.

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Democratic Party councillor Andrea Zanoni said: '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.'

In a Facebook post, Zanoni accused Luca Zaia, the premier of the Veneto region and a member of Matteo Salvini's League Party, of offering a budget 'with no concrete actions to combat climate change.'

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It was Zaia who had told local media two days ago that Venice was 'faced with total, apocalyptic devastation' as the city faced its highest tide in 50 years.


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The premier hit back at Zanoni's analysis as nothing more than 'propaganda and deceptive reading' and highlighted the £826million his administration has spent on tackling smog in the last three years.

The water reached more than six feet above sea level on Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city.

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That was just two inches higher than the historic 1966 flood. Another wave of exceptionally high water followed Wednesday.

The flooding was caused by southerly winds that pushed a high tide, exacerbated by a full moon, into the city.

Sea - Levels - Climate - Change - Venice

Rising sea levels because of climate change coupled with Venice's well-documented sinking make the city built amid a system of canals particularly vulnerable.

The sea level in Venice is four inches higher than it was 50 years ago, according to the city's tide office.

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Venice's mayor said the damage this week is estimated at 'hundreds of millions of euros.'

'Venice is on its knees,' Mayor Luigi...
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