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Are Cruise Ships Damaging Venice?

This week, battle lines were drawn in Italy’s maritime city, pitting residents who support the cruise-ship industry for its economic benefits against those who would like to seal off the lagoon for fear that the giant vessels are destroying its fragile ecosystem. But the conflict is about far more than just the ships. It is emblematic of a much larger ...

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The Guardian: Venice cruise liner row escalates

Pro-tourism demonstrators plan rally but locals protest against vessels clogging up canals amid fears of damage and pollution A row in Venice over the cruise liners that clog the city’s canals has intensified, with supporters planning a rally to defend tourism and opponents saying the ships are turning the area into Disneyland. Two cruise ships a day currently sail down ...

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