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

  • Jim Gerop
    Jim Gerop  6 hours back

    Is the ocean paying for it?

    • ‘Moonshine&’Sunshine

      damn... as a dutch person, this plan to build a wall is almost painful to see... at least they're also planning to use the wetlands. good luck ny!

      • Jarrod
        Jarrod  12 hours back

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

        • Another Guy
          Another Guy  13 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  15 hours back

            I like this informative video. :)

            • COLLEGE DUDE
              COLLEGE DUDE  16 hours back

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

              • daLi demo
                daLi demo  20 hours back

                make mexico pay for it

                • Fedir Kriviy
                  Fedir Kriviy  23 hours back

                  Kim Mas is 😍

                  • Worrywart
                    Worrywart  1 days 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  1 days back

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

                      • David Dima
                        David Dima  1 days 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  1 days back

                          I guess walls work huh

                          • Sean Bradley
                            Sean Bradley  1 days back

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

                            • Michael Plessala
                              Michael Plessala  1 days 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  1 days back

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

                                • Etiti Yulolo
                                  Etiti Yulolo  1 days back

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

                                  • Yuzu Aihara
                                    Yuzu Aihara  1 days 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  1 days 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  2 days back

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

                                        • gogzter McAll
                                          gogzter McAll  2 days back

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

                                          • EricG326
                                            EricG326  2 days back

                                            How racist of them...

                                            • 《I S R A E L》
                                              《I S R A E L》  2 days back

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

                                              • David W
                                                David W  2 days back

                                                lol

                                                • Wade Wilson
                                                  Wade Wilson  2 days back

                                                  So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                                  • Dragongamer1301
                                                    Dragongamer1301  2 days back

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

                                                    • I
                                                      I  2 days back

                                                      Trump’s second wall

                                                      • I
                                                        I  2 days back

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

                                                    • Davis Edwards
                                                      Davis Edwards  2 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  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                                                                      02:06 damn

                                                                      • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

                                                                        Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

                                                                        • Ersin Avseren
                                                                          Ersin Avseren  3 days back

                                                                          Just call the Dutchies back..

                                                                          • B ill M iller
                                                                            B ill M iller  3 days back

                                                                            Build the wall! Lmao

                                                                            • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                                                                              MayReasonBeThyGuide  3 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  3 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  3 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.