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   3 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  3 weeks back

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

    • LONNIE DOBBINS
      LONNIE DOBBINS  3 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.

  • rum and coke32
    rum and coke32  5 hours back

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

    • Tim J
      Tim J  12 hours back

      *I thought walls didn't work* 😆

      • snake pliskin2.0
        snake pliskin2.0  2 days back

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

        • KJ is the w0rst
          KJ is the w0rst  2 days back

          So this walls gud tho

          • qwertyappleshock
            qwertyappleshock  3 days back

            Hurricanes? Typhoons?

            FILIPINOS: Hold my San Miguel Beer.. 💪

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

            • Francisco Machado
              Francisco Machado  3 days 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  4 days 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  5 days back

                  ocean making problems? just bomb the ocean: US style

                  • Beau Biker
                    Beau Biker  5 days back

                    Nature's way of getting rid of liberals.

                    • bjorn joseph
                      bjorn joseph  5 days back

                      It's to keep out illegal water

                      • CT & MTA Railfan
                        CT & MTA Railfan  5 days 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  5 days back

                          I go to ny harbor school

                          • Sofía
                            Sofía  6 days 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  6 days back

                              America will do anything to avoid addressing climate change

                              • Donald J. Trump
                                Donald J. Trump  1 weeks 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  2 weeks back

                                  Great idea !

                                  • John Spinelli
                                    John Spinelli  2 weeks back

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

                                    • Ankit Sonu
                                      Ankit Sonu  2 weeks back

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

                                      • Khushal Paherwar
                                        Khushal Paherwar  2 weeks back

                                        This is just gonna be another Jakarta situation

                                        • livia
                                          livia  2 weeks back

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

                                          • pauline palmer
                                            pauline palmer  2 weeks back

                                            I thought walls are bad.

                                            • Tazmanian Devil
                                              Tazmanian Devil  2 weeks 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 weeks back

                                                Building a wall to protect us citizens? Thats racist.

                                                • Edwin Cintron
                                                  Edwin Cintron  2 weeks back

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

                                              • Jame Brooke
                                                Jame Brooke  3 weeks back

                                                What? NEW YORKERS for WALLS?? RACIST!

                                                • Yogshaye Ramhota
                                                  Yogshaye Ramhota  3 weeks back

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

                                                  • Climate Satyagraha : The Power of Truth

                                                    This is really sad. For every city that can afford to build a wall, there are alteast 10 which can't.
                                                    But the one which can afford to is the one which is mostly responsible for the sea level rise.
                                                    Stop this before its too late.

                                                    • Blatio1
                                                      Blatio1  3 weeks back

                                                      Well NY'rs, per your logic, that makes you racist against the ocean.

                                                      • Dota Game
                                                        Dota Game  4 weeks back

                                                        Just drink the water lol..

                                                        • Leia Jiang
                                                          Leia Jiang  4 weeks back

                                                          And then one day it's gonna not work

                                                          • Leia Jiang
                                                            Leia Jiang  4 weeks back

                                                            Solar energy

                                                            • Dante Hyndman
                                                              Dante Hyndman  4 weeks back

                                                              “The democrats want open waterways and to let all illegal water inland”

                                                              • Carlos García
                                                                Carlos García  4 weeks back

                                                                good luck

                                                                • THEBIGMEOW
                                                                  THEBIGMEOW  4 weeks back

                                                                  Usa should stop oppressing others countries so God will not punish them with mere water 💦

                                                                  • larrabeejl
                                                                    larrabeejl  4 weeks back

                                                                    Climate change 😂😂😂 complaining about houses flooding in a flood prone area where they dont belong then blaming climate change for humans stupidity.

                                                                    • Ricky911
                                                                      Ricky911  4 weeks back

                                                                      A seawall?? Is this what's gonna happen to all coastal cities??Seriously, how about we actually start to care about climate change instead?

                                                                      • Zacharius
                                                                        Zacharius  4 weeks back

                                                                        When those walls are built, can they add some mechanism to those walls that will use the kinetic energy of the ocean crashing into the walls to generate clean energy? Just an idea...but why not harness that energy...

                                                                        • SeekerFantasy
                                                                          SeekerFantasy  4 weeks back

                                                                          they might be great, but why they didnt built detectors machines like japan did after 2011 tsunami?

                                                                          • Amy Stambaugh
                                                                            Amy Stambaugh  4 weeks back

                                                                            "small borough of staten island", lol it's bigger than the bronx and manhattan

                                                                            • Duke Edward
                                                                              Duke Edward  1 months back

                                                                              So building a wall to keep the ocean at bay is okay but building a wall in the southern states to keep the drugs guns and murderers at bay, is racist?

                                                                              • katerina economou
                                                                                katerina economou  1 months back

                                                                                anyone more interested in the oyster solution (which wasn't properly explainted) should check out Kate Orf's "Oyster-tecture" project, and lectures. Very cool.

                                                                                • Lumberjack king the great

                                                                                  Too keep out the water Mexicans

                                                                                  • Ivan Devčić
                                                                                    Ivan Devčić  1 months back

                                                                                    2017: "Let's build a wall at the border with Mexico"
                                                                                    2019:"Let's build a wall at the New York coastline"

                                                                                    • Samuel Cunningham
                                                                                      Samuel Cunningham  1 months back

                                                                                      Racist

                                                                                      • jon silveira
                                                                                        jon silveira  1 months back

                                                                                        wall street

                                                                                        • Nathaniel Turner
                                                                                          Nathaniel Turner  1 months back

                                                                                          LOL but haven't you heard? Walls don't work and are immoral.

                                                                                          • Steven Ratti
                                                                                            Steven Ratti  1 months back

                                                                                            Boy, conservatives Do love to inflate a mere talking point into a huge thing.

                                                                                        • Dearon Tufankjian
                                                                                          Dearon Tufankjian  1 months back

                                                                                          How about we just start actually making big changes to our society. Building a wall won’t last too long. We need to get the world leaders together to sit down and find a way to decrease the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere!!!!!!!!

                                                                                          • Archive -
                                                                                            Archive -  2 months back

                                                                                            Trump:I will build a Great Wall
                                                                                            Me in New York:welp I guess he did it




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