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

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

    And for more on seawalls:
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/after-a-14-billion-upgrade-new-orleans-levees-are-sinking/
    https://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

  • Jarrod
    Jarrod  19 minutes back

    Why do people live next to the ocean and complain about hurricanes?

    • Another Guy
      Another Guy  1 hours back

      Amazing. Keep polluting the environment adding to the climate change for the worse and build walls to keep the aftermath away instead of protecting it by signing that Kyoto protocol...

      • Damien's Adventure
        Damien's Adventure  3 hours back

        I like this informative video. :)

        • COLLEGE DUDE
          COLLEGE DUDE  4 hours back

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

          • daLi demo
            daLi demo  8 hours back

            make mexico pay for it

            • Fedir Kriviy
              Fedir Kriviy  11 hours back

              Kim Mas is 😍

              • Worrywart
                Worrywart  12 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  14 hours back

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

                  • David Dima
                    David Dima  14 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  16 hours back

                      I guess walls work huh

                      • Sean Bradley
                        Sean Bradley  16 hours back

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

                        • Michael Plessala
                          Michael Plessala  17 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  18 hours back

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

                            • Etiti Yulolo
                              Etiti Yulolo  20 hours back

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

                              • Yuzu Aihara
                                Yuzu Aihara  22 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  23 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  1 days 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  2 days back

                                                    hope all people care in

                                                    • NADINE K
                                                      NADINE K  2 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  3 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