13 November 2012 – Humans are immensely resilient. After the Queensland floods, house-owners (or rather, owners of former houses) demanded to be allowed to rebuild in the same location that wiped them out.

Same after the Victorian bushfires.

In Venice they’re used to the “acqua alta”. This year’s high water is not even as high as in previous years. People just adapt and it’s business almost as usual.

In San Francisco you ask what the tremor is underfloor. It’s the train, you’re told. What about earthquakes; this city is on the San Andreas Fault line? “Well, you get the occasional tremor, you get used to it,” says the local. “You get used to seeing people get their houses washed away in the mid west.”

Adaptation is a dangerous game.

Photos on the Venice acqua alta from The Atlantic. More here