18:17 GMT03 July 2020
Listen Live
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    • Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Sinking Into the Ocean Deep
    © AP Photo / Luigi Costantini
    High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to wear high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year and Thursday's level that reached a peak of 55 inches (140 centimeters) was below the 63 inches (160 centimeters) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades.

    Over the 20th century, average sea level rose by 17 cm and continues to grow due to the thermal expansion of ocean water, as well as the melting of polar ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland and mountain glaciers.

    About 50 famous historical sites from the Mediterranean will be flooded as early as the next century, scientists from Kiel University in Germany stated.

    The list of endangered places included Venice, the ancient center of Rhodes, the historic center of Pisa, Medina of Tunis, Croatia's Dubrovnik, Paphos, Byblos, the old town of Corfu, Syracuse, Ravenna and many other UNESCO World Heritage sites along the coastal zone.

    Tags:
    sea level rise, Europe, Mediterranean Sea
    Community standardsDiscussion

    More photos

    • Last update: 14:14 GMT 03.07.2020
      14:14 GMT 03.07.2020

      This Week in Pictures: 27 June - 03 July

      While the deadly coronavirus pandemic is refusing to give up ground as nations are anticipating a possible second wave of COVID-19, life is still going on despite the crisis.

      16
    • Case Disgrace
      Last update: 23:24 GMT 02.07.2020
      23:24 GMT 02.07.2020

      Case Disgrace

      According to US President Donald Trump, the United States economy is rebounding as the nationwide COVID-19 "flames" are being put out, despite the fact that the nation just marked it's largest single-day registration of new novel coronavirus infections: nearly 50,000.

    • Last update: 11:56 GMT 02.07.2020
      11:56 GMT 02.07.2020

      Where Sea Was Once Land: Underwater Aboriginal Sites in Australia

      Genomic studies have revealed that Aboriginal Australians are the oldest known civilisation on Earth, having diverged from Eurasians 57,000 years ago following a single exodus from Africa around 75,000 years ago.

      8
    • Last update: 15:35 GMT 01.07.2020
      15:35 GMT 01.07.2020

      Future on Your Plate: Meet 3D-Printed Meat

      As the modern world leans towards the idea of leaving a lesser footprint on the environment with electric cars becoming more popular and separate collection of waste becoming widespread, the Redefine Meat company has decided to make its own contribution to the greater good, inventing 3D-printed meat.

      8