Environment Climate Crisis 75 Percent of Venice Just Went Underwater By Ilana Strauss Yale University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ilana Strauss is a journalist who began writing for the Treehugger family in 2015. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Cut, New York Magazine, and other publications. our editorial process Ilana Strauss Updated November 02, 2018 ©. Venice after a different storm. (Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Environment Planet Earth Climate Crisis Pollution Recycling & Waste Natural Disasters Transportation That's more underwater than usual. Venice is supposed to be a bit underwater. It's famous as a city with canals instead of streets (okay, it has both, but still). But a few days ago, it got WAY too underwater. Massive storms hit Italy Monday, and waters in Venice rose five feet higher than normal, plunging three-quarters of the city underwater. It was the city's worst flood in a decade. Eleven people died across the country, but apparently some athletes completing a marathon just kept on running. Athletes. I wasn't going to write about this; I don't generally cover breaking news, not that this is even breaking anymore. But as I leafed through articles on the subject, I found something missing from the coverage: climate change. Alright, so you can't connect any single weather event to climate change. Climate change is a big, long-term process, while weather is a bunch of little events. But global warming is causing more extreme weather around the world, including storms, hurricanes and droughts. And if anyone says 75 percent of a city going underwater isn't extreme weather, then call me a vegetarian looking at a hamburger, because I am not buying it. In fact, what really made this storm stick in my mind was its weirdly apocalyptic nature. Is this what New York will look like in a few decades? Anyway. Thought someone should point that out. Carry on! And maybe invest in some nice rainboots.