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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    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   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

  • EricG326
    EricG326  16 minutes back

    How racist of them...

    • 《I S R A E L》
      《I S R A E L》  18 minutes back

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

      • David W
        David W  1 hours back

        lol

        • Wade Wilson
          Wade Wilson  2 hours back

          So you’re telling me Walls work?

          • Dragongamer1301
            Dragongamer1301  3 hours back

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

            • I
              I  3 hours back

              Trump’s second wall

              • I
                I  3 hours back

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

            • Davis Edwards
              Davis Edwards  3 hours back

              New York said walls are immoral

              • Poppie
                Poppie  6 hours back

                hope all people care in

                • NADINE K
                  NADINE K  7 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  15 hours back

                      water gotta go somewhere tho

                      • Buffalo Herd
                        Buffalo Herd  18 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  19 hours back

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

                          • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi
                            Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi  20 hours back

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

                            • m yu
                              m yu  21 hours back

                              02:06 damn

                              • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

                                Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

                                • Ersin Avseren
                                  Ersin Avseren  1 days back

                                  Just call the Dutchies back..

                                  • B ill M iller
                                    B ill M iller  1 days back

                                    Build the wall! Lmao

                                    • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                                      MayReasonBeThyGuide  1 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  1 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  1 days 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  2 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  2 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  22 hours back

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

                                                                                  • Ayy Yo
                                                                                    Ayy Yo  22 hours back

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

                                                                                  • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                                    Jesus Covarrubias  23 hours back

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

                                                                                  • DoubleJ
                                                                                    DoubleJ  24 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.