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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Comments • 2 677

  • Vox
    Vox   5 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

  • Ersin Avseren
    Ersin Avseren  29 minutes back

    Just call the Dutchies back..

    • B ill M iller
      B ill M iller  55 minutes back

      Build the wall! Lmao

      • MayReasonBeThyGuide
        MayReasonBeThyGuide  1 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  3 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  4 hours back

            But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

            • Es Gee
              Es Gee  6 hours back

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

              • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                Alvin Ace Trinidad  9 hours back

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

                • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                  Alvin Ace Trinidad  9 hours back

                  mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

                  • Josephine The Celtic
                    Josephine The Celtic  10 hours 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  11 hours back

                      BUILD THE WALL!

                      • Woodynic
                        Woodynic  11 hours 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  12 hours back

                          Americans really love walls

                          • Christina Washburn
                            Christina Washburn  12 hours back

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

                            • K4x4 Map
                              K4x4 Map  17 hours 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  20 hours 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  1 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  1 days back

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

                                      • Penny Lane
                                        Penny Lane  1 days back

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

                                        • matt ruggiero
                                          matt ruggiero  1 days back

                                          Yeoooo STATEN island wya

                                          • peter jakoncic
                                            peter jakoncic  1 days back

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

                                            • Maria Lomas
                                              Maria Lomas  1 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  14 hours back

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

                                            • Mildred C. Corley
                                              Mildred C. Corley  1 days back

                                              just accept that time for humans is up. Just accept this and move one.

                                              • Ruki Sar
                                                Ruki Sar  1 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  1 days back

                                                  Make aquaman pay for it

                                                  • Rumki Das
                                                    Rumki Das  1 days back

                                                    *this project is initiated by Trump*

                                                    • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                      Jesus Covarrubias  1 days back

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

                                                      • Sanne de Heer
                                                        Sanne de Heer  1 days back

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

                                                        • Sanne de Heer
                                                          Sanne de Heer  1 days back

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

                                                          • Aravind V
                                                            Aravind V  1 days back

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

                                                            • Exodus227
                                                              Exodus227  1 days back

                                                              America: Has a minor inconvenience

                                                              Also America: *"BUILD A WALL"*

                                                              • BaronVonTrousers
                                                                BaronVonTrousers  21 hours back

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

                                                            • Joshua Stone
                                                              Joshua Stone  1 days back

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

                                                              • Stefanos Mor
                                                                Stefanos Mor  1 days back

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

                                                                • Schleck re
                                                                  Schleck re  1 days back

                                                                  Anyone else this reminds to the expanse?

                                                                  • Michael Bullock
                                                                    Michael Bullock  1 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.

                                                                      • DJ Trendsetta
                                                                        DJ Trendsetta  2 days back

                                                                        Or you could just move.

                                                                        • Steve Mang
                                                                          Steve Mang  2 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  2 days back

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

                                                                            • Mushu Gone
                                                                              Mushu Gone  2 days back

                                                                              I say thin the herd. Natural selection is quite the motivator.

                                                                              • Tom Jones
                                                                                Tom Jones  14 hours back

                                                                                I couldn't agree more end all aid to africa

                                                                            • Michelle Satterly
                                                                              Michelle Satterly  2 days back

                                                                              This wall is racist against water

                                                                              • Mikey’s Water Girl
                                                                                Mikey’s Water Girl  2 days back

                                                                                Mr. President, please Tear Down That Wall!!

                                                                                • Morty Sanchez
                                                                                  Morty Sanchez  2 days back

                                                                                  Build that wall! Build that wall!

                                                                                  • Loren Theory
                                                                                    Loren Theory  2 days back

                                                                                    A big beautiful smart wall..

                                                                                    • FortuitusVideo
                                                                                      FortuitusVideo  2 days back

                                                                                      Dont build walls, build bridges.

                                                                                      • jojofromtx
                                                                                        jojofromtx  2 days back

                                                                                        They took funding from Houston for a seawall after Harvey for this. In the richest country on earth we can afford tax cuts but not be able to protect both cities. Sad.

                                                                                        • stoic romulan
                                                                                          stoic romulan  2 days back

                                                                                          Texas don't believe in climate change and didn't want to give $$ to new jersey for recovery 🤔

                                                                                      • YukiSkullDoll
                                                                                        YukiSkullDoll  2 days back

                                                                                        Or they could move