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

    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 • 2 773

  • 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

  • Logan Butcher
    Logan Butcher  1 hours back

    Donald Trump would approve

    • Soleon
      Soleon  2 hours back

      what is it with america and its obsession with building walls to solve its problems

      • Livovian Order Mapping
        Livovian Order Mapping  3 hours back

        Tsunami: **im gonna end this whole man’s career**

        • Jay B
          Jay B  5 hours back

          it is not leading to increasingly violent storms. stop lying to people. the data does not back up your claims. there is nothing unusual or out of the ordinary happening.

          • Countryman99 Rhec
            Countryman99 Rhec  7 hours back

            They just admitted that walls work so why don't they want to agree that the wall on the southern border would work

            • Der Headbanger
              Der Headbanger  10 hours back

              Do we all agree that fixing the symptoms is way more important than fixing the cause?

              • Rafael Palacio
                Rafael Palacio  12 hours back

                How much time is there until when the weather becomes so destructive that people can't be living in parts of the country

                • Federico Zorrozua González

                  As an architect I have to say this a terrible solution. The wall will cost millons and it won’t have the capacity to be “””resilient””” in time, because its fixed and is not able to adaptate to the change of tides. It also harms the natural ecosystems that interact in the coast. (oysters, plants, birds). This infraestructural point of view was rendered obsolete in the early 2000, when landscape urbanism came as a new way of thinking the relationship of the urban with nature. Landscape, rather than infrastructure, is much more capable of dealing with the tide because of the simple fact that right now it’s already doing it. The city should invest in landscape architecture solutions that could mediate the relationship between the coast and the water in a more “soft” way, capable of adapting, growing and shrinking as needed. A wonderful example of this approach is the dutch project called Zandmotor, a huge mass of sand that is moved by the tide to where is needed and prevents flooding. I think building a wall is going back to modernism, and we all know how that ended. Hard infrastructure can’t deal with tides because it cannot respond.

                  • 홍성탁
                    홍성탁  10 hours back

                    Nah, we'll make OCEAN PAYING FOR IT!

                • Ronald Cates
                  Ronald Cates  21 hours back

                  Global Warming is a Hoax . . . Period 🔴

                  • cd
                    cd  22 hours back

                    They preparing for invasion :P

                    • J Squad Vlogs
                      J Squad Vlogs  22 hours back

                      Just drain the water and move it somewhere else . . . Duh 🙄

                      • kakuella
                        kakuella  23 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  1 days 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  2 days back

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

                              • Another Guy
                                Another Guy  2 days 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  2 days back

                                  I like this informative video. :)

                                  • COLLEGE DUDE
                                    COLLEGE DUDE  2 days back

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

                                    • daLi demo
                                      daLi demo  2 days back

                                      make mexico pay for it

                                      • Fedir Kriviy
                                        Fedir Kriviy  2 days back

                                        Kim Mas is 😍

                                        • Worrywart
                                          Worrywart  2 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  2 days back

                                            Most of people from NY think walls don’t work...

                                            • David Dima
                                              David Dima  2 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  2 days back

                                                I guess walls work huh

                                                • Sean Bradley
                                                  Sean Bradley  2 days back

                                                  A 5 mile long, 20ft high concrete wall would have such a large carbon footprint it's insane

                                                • Michael Plessala
                                                  Michael Plessala  2 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  2 days back

                                                    Created the city on wetlands (occupied)
                                                    Now eager to stop the ocean.
                                                    Nature avenges in weird ways.

                                                    • Etiti Yulolo
                                                      Etiti Yulolo  2 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  3 days back

                                                            every New Yorker would say to Trump that walls don't work hmmmmm

                                                            • gogzter McAll
                                                              gogzter McAll  3 days back

                                                              Aw aye when these lots harp on about how bad building a wall is. Now they want one

                                                              • EricG326
                                                                EricG326  3 days back

                                                                How racist of them...

                                                                • 《I S R A E L》
                                                                  《I S R A E L》  3 days back

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

                                                                  • David W
                                                                    David W  3 days back

                                                                    lol

                                                                    • Wade Wilson
                                                                      Wade Wilson  3 days back

                                                                      So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                                                      • Dragongamer1301
                                                                        Dragongamer1301  3 days back

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

                                                                        • I
                                                                          I  3 days back

                                                                          Trump’s second wall

                                                                          • I
                                                                            I  3 days back

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

                                                                        • Davis Edwards
                                                                          Davis Edwards  3 days back

                                                                          New York said walls are immoral

                                                                          • Poppie
                                                                            Poppie  3 days back

                                                                            hope all people care in

                                                                            • NADINE K
                                                                              NADINE K  3 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  4 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  4 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  4 days back

                                                                                          02:06 damn