New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

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  • Published: 10 June 2019
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    Staten Island recently received funding for a nearly 5-mile-long seawall to protect its coast. But the plan raises a lot of questions. We’re living in a dangerously dynamic world: Hurricanes are getting worse, wildfires are rampant in California, extreme heat is melting roads in India, and sea levels continue to rise. Will a wall really be enough to protect our coastal cities?

    Alissa Walker from Curbed talked to us about how it’s too late to stop the changing climate, but not too late to change how we think about infrastructure.

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    curbed.com/2017/2/15/14616928/trump-nasa-climate-change-california
    ny.curbed.com/2019/4/25/18515213/staten-island-usace-seawall-climate-change-photo-essay

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    c2es.org/content/hurricanes-and-climate-change/
    climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/
    reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-seawalls/seven-years-after-tsunami-japanese-live-uneasily-with-seawalls-idUSKCN1GL0DK

    And for more on seawalls:
    scientificamerican.com/article/after-a-14-billion-upgrade-new-orleans-levees-are-sinking/
    news.mongabay.com/2018/06/on-indias-kerala-coast-a-man-made-solution-exacerbates-a-natural-problem/

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  • Vox
    Vox   7 days back

    This piece was a collaboration with our sister-site, Curbed! Check out the original article here: https://ny.curbed.com/2019/4/25/18515213/staten-island-usace-seawall-climate-change-photo-essay


    And for more information on how to build a resilient city check out Alissa Walker’s piece https://www.curbed.com/2017/2/15/14616928/trump-nasa-climate-change-california


    - Kim

  • Worrywart
    Worrywart  27 minutes back

    Wow, they're thinking of building a wall that might actually serve a useful purpose? Whatever will they think of next!

    • Wes 0608
      Wes 0608  2 hours back

      Most of people from NY think walls don’t work...

      • David Dima
        David Dima  2 hours back

        "Build the walls to protect the city is one thing"
        "But build the city to protect it self is another thing"
        You guys understand. *plastics*

        • Matt Keane
          Matt Keane  5 hours back

          I guess walls work huh

          • Sean Bradley
            Sean Bradley  5 hours back

            A 5 mile long, 20ft high concrete wall would have such a large carbon footprint it's insane

            • Michael Plessala
              Michael Plessala  6 hours back

              We can’t build a wall! Walls are immoral and if the ocean wants to cross Staten Island’s border illegally, it should be able to! Ocean rights are human rights!!✊🏾

              • Ankita
                Ankita  6 hours back

                Created the city on wetlands (occupied)
                Now eager to stop the ocean.
                Nature avenges in weird ways.

                • Etiti Yulolo
                  Etiti Yulolo  8 hours back

                  as if a wall can do anything to stop the water...

                  • Yuzu Aihara
                    Yuzu Aihara  11 hours back

                    In situation like these, people who claim to have a solution tend to choose the easiest and most convenient option; erect a wall.

                    • SuperKing604
                      SuperKing604  11 hours back

                      Strategic retreat in a good option to basically pay people to move away from high risk areas. In the long run its cheap and effective

                      • thomas is op
                        thomas is op  15 hours back

                        every New Yorker would say to Trump that walls don't work hmmmmm

                        • gogzter McAll
                          gogzter McAll  19 hours back

                          Aw aye when these lots harp on about how bad building a wall is. Now they want one

                          • EricG326
                            EricG326  20 hours back

                            How racist of them...

                            • 《I S R A E L》
                              《I S R A E L》  20 hours back

                              This is racist against the Ocean, we should be building bridges not walls

                              • David W
                                David W  21 hours back

                                lol

                                • Wade Wilson
                                  Wade Wilson  21 hours back

                                  So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                  • Dragongamer1301
                                    Dragongamer1301  22 hours back

                                    Why dont you just drink all the water instead of building a wall. Smh

                                    • I
                                      I  22 hours back

                                      Trump’s second wall

                                      • I
                                        I  22 hours back

                                        Why don’t they build a wall in the most hurricane hit States like Florida

                                    • Davis Edwards
                                      Davis Edwards  23 hours back

                                      New York said walls are immoral

                                      • Poppie
                                        Poppie  1 days back

                                        hope all people care in

                                        • NADINE K
                                          NADINE K  1 days back

                                          For me building wall is stupidity, it's not gonna work the wave just gonna hit the wall and the wall wont stay in long time it alson ruin the eco with all of life in the ocean ?! , aren't plastic already in the ocean and now chemical ,rock and cemen *such not a danger

                                          • C H A R L I E T H A R G I C

                                            HAHA THAT'S KARMA FELLOW HUMANS



                                            WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THROW, BURN, DESTROY MORE.. U LIKE THAT RIGHT?

                                            • yb s
                                              yb s  1 days back

                                              water gotta go somewhere tho

                                              • Buffalo Herd
                                                Buffalo Herd  2 days back

                                                wait, did you just say that we need to protect Staten Island from flooding or it will return to its natural state of swampland? 2:55

                                                • Joe Knuckles
                                                  Joe Knuckles  2 days back

                                                  Did New York do environmental studies? Building this wall will kill the yellow striped mosquitos.

                                                  • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi

                                                    you guys are talking about billions of dollars when your military spends 600 billion annually

                                                    • m yu
                                                      m yu  2 days back

                                                      02:06 damn

                                                      • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

                                                        Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

                                                        • Ersin Avseren
                                                          Ersin Avseren  2 days back

                                                          Just call the Dutchies back..

                                                          • B ill M iller
                                                            B ill M iller  2 days back

                                                            Build the wall! Lmao

                                                            • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                                                              MayReasonBeThyGuide  2 days back

                                                              NYC: Builds a wall against a rising ocean and claims "Walls don't hold back anything"... Welcome to Sodumbistan

                                                              • Geraint Hughes
                                                                Geraint Hughes  2 days back

                                                                people have building sea defences for hundreds of years, its a good idea. Nothing new. Radiation GHE is a lie. Direct proof exists on my channel.

                                                                • Youtube Today
                                                                  Youtube Today  2 days back

                                                                  But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

                                                                  • Es Gee
                                                                    Es Gee  2 days back

                                                                    perfectly appropriate that trump loving staten islanders are finally getting their wall

                                                                    • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                                                      Alvin Ace Trinidad  2 days back

                                                                      in the next 10 years, america will be covered by a huge perimeter wall

                                                                      • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                                                        Alvin Ace Trinidad  2 days back

                                                                        mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

                                                                        • Josephine The Celtic
                                                                          Josephine The Celtic  2 days back

                                                                          Have a look at Amsterdam and Holland generally - they’ve been dealing with flooding throughout all of their history. They’re called dikes and windmills.. also, you have to allow water through but in a controlled manner so the landscape needs to be adapted to allow “SuDs”.. you can’t just think that building walls everywhere is gonna resolve all your problems.. so simplistic thinking..

                                                                          • Fuby TV
                                                                            Fuby TV  2 days back

                                                                            BUILD THE WALL!

                                                                            • Woodynic
                                                                              Woodynic  2 days back

                                                                              Only idiots live on the water. A sea wall wont protect you from swelling. Remember Fukushima? If the ocean wants you dead, He'll get ya.

                                                                              • Dipto Nugroho
                                                                                Dipto Nugroho  2 days back

                                                                                Americans really love walls

                                                                                • Christina Washburn
                                                                                  Christina Washburn  2 days back

                                                                                  Or stop building housing so close to the water and under sea level

                                                                                  • K4x4 Map
                                                                                    K4x4 Map  3 days back

                                                                                    whether it works or not, the idea of trying something is good. hopefully you can use a program to simulate the effects of a wall. sadly as I've stated on other occasions, the (sea) water will only be diverted somewhere else. less cement covering the ground is a great idea, plants trees to soak up natural groundwater. just remember that unless you're using other binders except for water to build this wall, the efforts might last a little while...interesting video...the water in the high hills cuts down valleys to get to sea level (without the required sedimentation load) whilst the sea level is trying to cut up that future wall to get uphill...leaves me to believe that the earth in them there parts is trying to reach a new equilibrium...somehow the interest of obtaining a seaplane rating seems quite the move!

                                                                                    • salvadore sutton
                                                                                      salvadore sutton  3 days back

                                                                                      the sea isnt rising. the ship is sinking

                                                                                      • don't have nickname , don't want true name around

                                                                                        9 feet = 2,7432m
                                                                                        20 feet = 6,096m

                                                                                        • Meme Mine
                                                                                          Meme Mine  3 days back

                                                                                          CO2=Y2Kx1984x666
                                                                                          Al Gore is my shepherd, I shall not think.
                                                                                          He maketh me lie down in Greenzi pastures:
                                                                                          He leadeth me beside his still-freezing waters.
                                                                                          He selleth my soul for CO2:
                                                                                          He leadeth me in his path of his self-righteousness for his own sake.
                                                                                          And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of reason,
                                                                                          I will fear all logic: for thou art with me and thinking for me;
                                                                                          Thy Gore family oil fortune & thy 10,000 square Gorey foot mansion, they comfort me.
                                                                                          Thou preparest a movie in the presence of contradictory evidence:
                                                                                          Thou anointest mine head with nonsense; my mindless conformity runneth over.
                                                                                          Surely blind faith and hysteria shall follow me all the days of the rest of my life
                                                                                          & I will dwell in the house of ALGORE forever.
                                                                                          -Paul Merrifield 1990

                                                                                          • PPG KID
                                                                                            PPG KID  3 days back

                                                                                            Guess what, your president doesn't think climate change/global warning is real. Sooo good luck

                                                                                            • Penny Lane
                                                                                              Penny Lane  3 days back

                                                                                              Save Staten Island! Because... I really like the ferry...