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Venice imposes short Grand Canal boat ban

BBC news – The city of Venice has imposed its first ever ban on motorboats, launches and barges on one of its main waterways. Almost all the usual traffic was cleared from the Grand Canal for several hours. The aim was to draw attention to the city’s environmental problems, and help make the case for more ecologically-sound forms of water ...

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2013 Paul Mellon Lecture: Can Venice Be Saved?

Each year since 2003, the World Monuments Fund Paul Mellon Lecture has been presented in New York and London by leading scholars or specialists in the field of historic preservation. For the 2013 Paul Mellon Lecture, Anna Somers Cocks considers the future of Venice. Will it be inhabitable in 2100, and what can be done to ensure its future?

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NYTimes – This Charleston Harbor Battle Is Over Cruise Ships

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In this Southern coastal city that runs on history and hospitality, a raucous civic debate belies a genteel veneer. Like several communities that hug the nation’s coastline, Charleston is struggling to balance the economic benefits of cruise ships against their cultural and environmental impact. Last week’s debacle aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Triumph, in which an engine fire stranded 4,200 ...

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