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.

    Check out some further reading from our sister site, Curbed.com:

    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

    For more research and climate-related content:
    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   1 weeks 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

  • COLLEGE DUDE
    COLLEGE DUDE  10 minutes back

    building a wall... something trump likes; not exactly XD

    • daLi demo
      daLi demo  4 hours back

      make mexico pay for it

      • Fedir Kriviy
        Fedir Kriviy  8 hours back

        Kim Mas is 😍

        • Worrywart
          Worrywart  9 hours 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  11 hours back

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

            • David Dima
              David Dima  11 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  13 hours back

                I guess walls work huh

                • Sean Bradley
                  Sean Bradley  13 hours back

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

                  • Michael Plessala
                    Michael Plessala  14 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  14 hours back

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

                      • Etiti Yulolo
                        Etiti Yulolo  16 hours back

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

                        • Yuzu Aihara
                          Yuzu Aihara  19 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  19 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  24 hours back

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

                              • gogzter McAll
                                gogzter McAll  1 days back

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

                                • EricG326
                                  EricG326  1 days back

                                  How racist of them...

                                  • 《I S R A E L》
                                    《I S R A E L》  1 days back

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

                                    • David W
                                      David W  1 days back

                                      lol

                                      • Wade Wilson
                                        Wade Wilson  1 days back

                                        So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                        • Dragongamer1301
                                          Dragongamer1301  1 days back

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

                                          • I
                                            I  1 days back

                                            Trump’s second wall

                                            • I
                                              I  1 days back

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

                                          • Davis Edwards
                                            Davis Edwards  1 days 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  2 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  3 days back

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

                                                                            • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                                                              Alvin Ace Trinidad  3 days back

                                                                              mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

                                                                              • Josephine The Celtic
                                                                                Josephine The Celtic  3 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  3 days back

                                                                                  BUILD THE WALL!

                                                                                  • Woodynic
                                                                                    Woodynic  3 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  3 days back

                                                                                      Americans really love walls

                                                                                      • Christina Washburn
                                                                                        Christina Washburn  3 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