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

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  • Vox
    Vox   4 months 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

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1  2 months back

      YOUR SISTER SITE IS BEING TAKEN OVER BY SPAM IN THE COMMENTS AND NO ONE THERE SEEMS TO CARE.

    • LONNIE DOBBINS
      LONNIE DOBBINS  4 months back

      @BLAIR M Schirmer
      Thank you!
      I wanted to read the comments and find someone that's actually thinking what all of this means.
      They're talking of building a wall around Staten Island Only. *What About The City?*
      What are they going to do for it?
      *Walls Are Impossible All Over The City!*
      They can raise homes up higher but not skyscrapers!
      Right now we need TOTAL Suspension Of All Emissions Just To Keep It From Being Worse. It's to late to stop it now.
      They need to think about moving.

  • The FireBlaster L0L
    The FireBlaster L0L  11 hours back

    0:44 trump has enter the chat

    • GazaAlley
      GazaAlley  6 days back

      How about don't build there??????

      • Lemon Head
        Lemon Head  7 days back

        If that's their wall it's not going to work to well.

        • The Dudelino
          The Dudelino  1 weeks back

          It works. After some flooding we've done this in the 70ies in Germany and never had problems again with cities close to the ocean. You can also beautifully integrate this with nature, let grass grow over these human made hills it and it looks like part of the coastline.

          • Rick Sadler
            Rick Sadler  1 weeks back

            Did it work for new orlens

            • Layla's Wonderland
              Layla's Wonderland  2 weeks back

              No matter what, nature always wins

              • Kamsky Sigrah
                Kamsky Sigrah  2 weeks back

                Building a wall is so selfish

                • estrellahub
                  estrellahub  2 weeks back

                  it can go around.

                  • sinistar426
                    sinistar426  3 weeks back

                    Walls dont work though, wont the water just use a ladder??? Hey i know, Why doesnt NY just make a few laws banning hurricanes and torrential floods?

                    • Will Bingham
                      Will Bingham  3 weeks back

                      Building a wall is racist. I Can’t believe NY

                      • Galaxy YT
                        Galaxy YT  4 weeks back

                        My city is more than 1000 meters above sea level 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

                        • Ashton Hundt
                          Ashton Hundt  4 weeks back

                          And it would be a great wet wall

                          • Anthony Martinez
                            Anthony Martinez  4 weeks back

                            Galveston tx been having one

                            • Thompter S. Hunson
                              Thompter S. Hunson  4 weeks back

                              Can't wait to see these concrete blocks flying up in the air

                              • varun009
                                varun009  4 weeks back

                                If you build a wall on the coast, the water is just gonna go around and come up the southern border.

                                • varun009
                                  varun009  4 weeks back

                                  Sent the cheque to Atlantis. These are some bad dudes. They're bringing wind, they're bringing in water, they're rapists and *SOME*, I assume, are good people.

                                  • angry Dani
                                    angry Dani  4 weeks back

                                    Just like that James bay song

                                    • Kevin Reynolds
                                      Kevin Reynolds  4 weeks back

                                      Great - so once agriculture collapses, we can sit behind the walls and starve....

                                      • Stephen Murphy
                                        Stephen Murphy  4 weeks back

                                        That's so racist building a wall too keep the ocean's out. I kinda like Billy Ocean..

                                        • Jamie Wells
                                          Jamie Wells  4 weeks back

                                          Are we making the ocean pay for it?

                                          • Secret EyeSpot
                                            Secret EyeSpot  4 weeks back

                                            what if we made it out of trash/debris?

                                            • Tony Chalmers
                                              Tony Chalmers  4 weeks back

                                              Show me where the sea level as changed. it's a lie and there is no Global warming or climate change. There as always been bad weather. Stop building right near the sea. Anyone with brains would tell you this is a very bad idea. And the more damage is the increase of population and more buildings. just move away from the coast.

                                              • rum and coke32
                                                rum and coke32  1 months back

                                                Building a wall to keep the water is....waterist!

                                                • Tim J
                                                  Tim J  1 months back

                                                  *I thought walls didn't work* 😆

                                                  • snake pliskin2.0
                                                    snake pliskin2.0  1 months back

                                                    Let the seas reclaim New York and California the US would be a better place

                                                    • KJ is the w0rst
                                                      KJ is the w0rst  1 months back

                                                      So this walls gud tho

                                                      • qwertyappleshock
                                                        qwertyappleshock  1 months back

                                                        Hurricanes? Typhoons?

                                                        FILIPINOS: Hold my San Miguel Beer.. 💪

                                                        No question, the Filipino's resilience is legendary.. ❤️🇵🇭

                                                        • Francisco Machado
                                                          Francisco Machado  1 months back

                                                          I came from a island and believe me you don't need a wall you need to move those person's away because if the sea is coming there is nothing a human can build to prevent, yes you can delay but is going to be irrelevant, the planet is here sense thousands of years he have time.

                                                          • Robin Brooke
                                                            Robin Brooke  1 months back

                                                            The only way to make sure your sea defences will definitely work is to get Dutch people to build it

                                                            • Yasin Hasan
                                                              Yasin Hasan  1 months back

                                                              ocean making problems? just bomb the ocean: US style

                                                              • Beau Biker
                                                                Beau Biker  1 months back

                                                                Nature's way of getting rid of liberals.

                                                                • bjorn joseph
                                                                  bjorn joseph  1 months back

                                                                  It's to keep out illegal water

                                                                  • CT & MTA Railfan
                                                                    CT & MTA Railfan  1 months back

                                                                    0:21 Staten Island is not a small borough. It is one of the largest boroughs in terms of land. Manhattan is the smallest borough in NYC in terms of land, but it is the largest in terms of population density.

                                                                    • Carys Williams
                                                                      Carys Williams  1 months back

                                                                      I go to ny harbor school

                                                                      • Sofía
                                                                        Sofía  1 months back

                                                                        Everyone: how about we work together to try to solve climate change and avoid the end of the world

                                                                        America: Nah that’ll never work... walls on the other hand

                                                                        • Sofía
                                                                          Sofía  1 months back

                                                                          America will do anything to avoid addressing climate change

                                                                          • Donald J. Trump
                                                                            Donald J. Trump  1 months back

                                                                            I am going to build a great wall of New York's southern border, and I will make Bikini Bottom pay for it.

                                                                            • Friend of Tellus
                                                                              Friend of Tellus  1 months back

                                                                              Great idea !

                                                                              • John Spinelli
                                                                                John Spinelli  1 months back

                                                                                Why dont we just take New York and push it somewhere else?

                                                                                • Ankit Sonu
                                                                                  Ankit Sonu  1 months back

                                                                                  New York's solution is Similar to Trump's 😂😂

                                                                                  • Khushal Paherwar
                                                                                    Khushal Paherwar  1 months back

                                                                                    This is just gonna be another Jakarta situation

                                                                                    • livia
                                                                                      livia  1 months back

                                                                                      fun fact: when the dutch controlled nyc and was new amsterdam, wall street was an actual wall

                                                                                      • pauline palmer
                                                                                        pauline palmer  1 months back

                                                                                        I thought walls are bad.

                                                                                        • Tazmanian Devil
                                                                                          Tazmanian Devil  2 months back

                                                                                          I worked in Staten Island on the aftermath of hurricane Sandy! I was with the army corps of engineers removing the debris! And my humble opinion is that it could be also considered to do like the way Japan used in there coastline when typhoons hit their land! I can't remember the proper mame of it but i called them cement starts! There are gigantic in size and weight tons! They could be put across the shore line to at least minimise the waves before they impact the shore! Is just a thought!

                                                                                          • The King
                                                                                            The King  2 months back

                                                                                            Building a wall to protect us citizens? Thats racist.

                                                                                            • Edwin Cintron
                                                                                              Edwin Cintron  2 months back

                                                                                              😂🤣😂😁That's too hilarious.. I'm dying laughing lol... greatest comment here

                                                                                          • Jame Brooke
                                                                                            Jame Brooke  2 months back

                                                                                            What? NEW YORKERS for WALLS?? RACIST!

                                                                                            • Yogshaye Ramhota
                                                                                              Yogshaye Ramhota  2 months back

                                                                                              Nothing can defy the force of nature so why build a wall