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 • 2 756

  • 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

  • kakuella
    kakuella  1 hours back

    Building those walls are going to change the eco system there too.. Not sure what's more beneficial for long term 🙄🤔

    • Jim Gerop
      Jim Gerop  9 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  15 hours back

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

          • Another Guy
            Another Guy  16 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  18 hours back

              I like this informative video. :)

              • COLLEGE DUDE
                COLLEGE DUDE  18 hours back

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

                • daLi demo
                  daLi demo  23 hours back

                  make mexico pay for it

                  • Fedir Kriviy
                    Fedir Kriviy  1 days 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  2 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  2 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  3 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!