New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

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  • Published: 10 June 2019
  • Climate change is leading to increasingly violent storms. Can seawalls hold back floods?

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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/
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    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   6 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

  • Poppie
    Poppie  2 hours back

    hope all people care in

    • NADINE K
      NADINE K  2 hours 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  11 hours back

          water gotta go somewhere tho

          • Buffalo Herd
            Buffalo Herd  13 hours 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  15 hours back

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

              • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi
                Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi  15 hours back

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

                • m yu
                  m yu  17 hours back

                  02:06 damn

                  • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

                    Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

                    • Ersin Avseren
                      Ersin Avseren  20 hours back

                      Just call the Dutchies back..

                      • B ill M iller
                        B ill M iller  21 hours back

                        Build the wall! Lmao

                        • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                          MayReasonBeThyGuide  21 hours back

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

                          • Geraint Hughes
                            Geraint Hughes  23 hours 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  23 hours back

                              But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

                              • Es Gee
                                Es Gee  1 days back

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

                                • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                  Alvin Ace Trinidad  1 days back

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

                                  • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                    Alvin Ace Trinidad  1 days back

                                    mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

                                    • Josephine The Celtic
                                      Josephine The Celtic  1 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  1 days back

                                        BUILD THE WALL!

                                        • Woodynic
                                          Woodynic  1 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  1 days back

                                            Americans really love walls

                                            • Christina Washburn
                                              Christina Washburn  1 days back

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

                                              • K4x4 Map
                                                K4x4 Map  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 days back

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

                                                        • Penny Lane
                                                          Penny Lane  2 days back

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

                                                          • matt ruggiero
                                                            matt ruggiero  2 days back

                                                            Yeoooo STATEN island wya

                                                            • peter jakoncic
                                                              peter jakoncic  2 days back

                                                              people shoudnt live where theyre not supposed to live, for example wetlands...

                                                              • Maria Lomas
                                                                Maria Lomas  2 days back

                                                                I have a question. Why are the oceans rising? Does that have something to do with the temperature or am I completely wrong?

                                                                • Tom Jones
                                                                  Tom Jones  1 days back

                                                                  If oceans are rising why are the docks which are a hundred years old on NY harbor still above water?

                                                              • Ruki Sar
                                                                Ruki Sar  2 days back

                                                                There's an irony to New York, financial center of the world for decades due to fossil fuel wealth, building a wall to hold back the ocean that they caused to rise.

                                                                • victor lee
                                                                  victor lee  2 days back

                                                                  Make aquaman pay for it

                                                                  • Rumki Das
                                                                    Rumki Das  2 days back

                                                                    *this project is initiated by Trump*

                                                                    • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                      Jesus Covarrubias  2 days back

                                                                      But yet we have a president who cares more about people coming into his country than his own country 🙄

                                                                      • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                        Jesus Covarrubias  18 hours back

                                                                        @Ayy Yo okay but a wall isn't going to stop people from coming into this country

                                                                      • Ayy Yo
                                                                        Ayy Yo  18 hours back

                                                                        @Jesus Covarrubias isnt that why they're building this wall? LOL

                                                                      • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                        Jesus Covarrubias  19 hours back

                                                                        @DoubleJ but shouldn't he make sure that the people who are already here be safe?? 🤔

                                                                      • DoubleJ
                                                                        DoubleJ  19 hours back

                                                                        He should care about the people coming in to this country. People who don’t care who comes into this country don’t care about this country.

                                                                    • Sanne de Heer
                                                                      Sanne de Heer  2 days back

                                                                      maybe we should actually do something about climate change instead of throwing money at it

                                                                      • Sanne de Heer
                                                                        Sanne de Heer  2 days back

                                                                        A wall seems to be every solution for the USA nowdays lmao

                                                                        • Aravind V
                                                                          Aravind V  2 days back

                                                                          America has to do something with this obsession for walls..

                                                                          • Exodus227
                                                                            Exodus227  2 days back

                                                                            America: Has a minor inconvenience

                                                                            Also America: *"BUILD A WALL"*

                                                                            • BaronVonTrousers
                                                                              BaronVonTrousers  2 days back

                                                                              Wouldn't necessarily call rising sea levels and billions of dollars of property damage a "minor inconvenience".

                                                                          • Joshua Stone
                                                                            Joshua Stone  2 days back

                                                                            Yet there are still people in the White House that don’t believe in Climate Change.

                                                                            • Stefanos Mor
                                                                              Stefanos Mor  2 days back

                                                                              this sounds like the equivalent of putting a band aid on for an open heart surgery

                                                                              • Schleck re
                                                                                Schleck re  2 days back

                                                                                Anyone else this reminds to the expanse?

                                                                                • Michael Bullock
                                                                                  Michael Bullock  2 days back

                                                                                  Did we not debunk the 'rise of the superstorms' myth years ago?
                                                                                  Of course storm damage estimates are going to go up, things are getting more expensive!

                                                                                  • Jon E
                                                                                    Jon E  2 days back

                                                                                    There are ancient ruins under the oceans all over the world. Nothing new. Plato will tell you all about it.

                                                                                    • Jon E
                                                                                      Jon E  17 hours back

                                                                                      @Ayy Yo sea levels have been rising for centuries. Long before the use of fossil fuels.

                                                                                    • Ayy Yo
                                                                                      Ayy Yo  18 hours back

                                                                                      What does that have to do with rising sea levels?

                                                                                  • DJ Trendsetta
                                                                                    DJ Trendsetta  2 days back

                                                                                    Or you could just move.

                                                                                    • Steve Mang
                                                                                      Steve Mang  3 days back

                                                                                      Near future, some bar in NYC:
                                                                                      Dude "Bruh, you just totally c blocked me!"
                                                                                      Bruh drunkenly points in direction of the wall "You're welcome!"

                                                                                      • Bryan Rigby
                                                                                        Bryan Rigby  3 days back

                                                                                        Smh why dont they just plant trees in protected "green areas"