New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

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  • Published on: 10 June 2019
  • Climate change is leading to increasingly violent storms. Can seawalls hold back floods?

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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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    https://www.curbed.com/2017/2/15/14616928/trump-nasa-climate-change-california
    https://ny.curbed.com/2019/4/25/18515213/staten-island-usace-seawall-climate-change-photo-essay

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    https://www.c2es.org/content/hurricanes-and-climate-change/
    https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-seawalls/seven-years-after-tsunami-japanese-live-uneasily-with-seawalls-idUSKCN1GL0DK

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    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/after-a-14-billion-upgrade-new-orleans-levees-are-sinking/
    https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/on-indias-kerala-coast-a-man-made-solution-exacerbates-a-natural-problem/

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Vox
    Vox   1 weeks ago

    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-essayAnd 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

  • Tise Ignite
    Tise Ignite   1 hours ago

    It's just a waste of money. If the storm wanted to it could just dig a tunnel and sneak in. I'm just saying. 😧

  • Maria Gray
    Maria Gray   5 hours ago

    The video: we are preparing for climate disasters of the future Me: well there wouldn’t be any disasters if we actually stopped destroying our planet

  • destiny velasco
    destiny velasco   10 hours ago

    you know what we should just build a wall around the whole United states. then we can be on attack on titan.

  • YesIM mexican
    YesIM mexican   14 hours ago

    Nothing comes good out of it when you challenge mother nature.

  • mike8055
    mike8055   18 hours ago

    Building walls could make the waves/sea more powerful. Didn't the levees around the Mississippi river get breached because of that? When you try to stop nature, it just gets more aggressive.

  • Nico_Sama
    Nico_Sama   18 hours ago

    Climate hits back with equal force because that's how physics work.

  • Jerry Fitness
    Jerry Fitness   22 hours ago

    Trump: Did somebody say building a wall??!???

  • DJ Wise Pariah
    DJ Wise Pariah   1 days ago

    Because, you know, it's not like the water can't just go AROUND the wall.

  • cesar martinez
    cesar martinez   1 days ago

    Nature: Hurricane Humans: Wall Climate change: Not on my watch! makes intense hurricanes bigger then before Humans: meh

  • Syd Clark
    Syd Clark   1 days ago

    We live in a massive world, with land that nobody has ever stood on, yet we build on wetlands.

  • Badr eddin
    Badr eddin   1 days ago

    So how many walls do you want?USA: Yes

  • Herb Tenderson
    Herb Tenderson   1 days ago

    Damn, thank God that the hurricane on September 11th 2001 decided to stop and then go the other way.

  • Scarlet Inky
    Scarlet Inky   1 days ago

    I wonder if that was what Trump meant by a great wall

  • Ryan Rodriguez
    Ryan Rodriguez   1 days ago

    Resiliency is just the newest buzzword of landscape architecture and urban design. Cities need to work. Period. Now, tomorrow, and 100 years from now. Green infrastructure has been around for a while and resiliency is just a different way of saying it

  • Ryan Rodriguez
    Ryan Rodriguez   1 days ago

    As someone with a masters degree in this area and have done studies on Jamaica bay in New York, I can say that a wall won’t fix anything. The problem with the New York coast is that it 1. Has no protection from storm surge which can be mitigated by land features such as man made sand dunes which would direct water where you want and 2. When water finally enters the land, it takes to long for it to leave. A solution rather than a single wall is creating infrastructure within the actual land rather than the coast for flooding. Infrastructure that will help guide water to a specific destination using the natural topography of the land. A single wall will only be as good as we can build it and eventually nature will become stronger. Some ideas here were good, but definitely not the wall.

  • camjamsdad
    camjamsdad   1 days ago

    Walls don't work.Walls are immoral.

  • Patrick Radcliffe
    Patrick Radcliffe   2 days ago

    Build on fill and it starts settling below the water nice try pinning that on global warming.

  • Thomas Marshall
    Thomas Marshall   2 days ago

    All of my cousins and extended family (225 people) live within the 5 Burroughs. I’m from Brooklyn originally. My cousins condo was on Mob Wives when Sandy hit. A boat washed up on the front stairs of her condo and they showed it on that episode. The island got trashed. Anyway, I know Staten Island well. There is no way to keep the water back unless you put up a wall around the entire island. It’s below sea level in many parts. Putting up a 5 mile stretch of wall is the dumbest thing they could do. It’s just going to go around the damn thing.

  • Ruben Bronco
    Ruben Bronco   2 days ago

    WTF AMERICA, why don’t you use the Metric System wtfff

  • Sven Lima
    Sven Lima   2 days ago

    Build a 1mile high waterproof wall around the USA - and fill it up with water.

  • JC Korn
    JC Korn   3 days ago

    Something tells me we were nomadic for a reason.....

  • JC Korn
    JC Korn   3 days ago

    So.....walls.....work?I was told they don’t.

  • S.A anderson
    S.A anderson   3 days ago

    Building walls dont solve the problem its just kicking the can down the road

  • Might Guy
    Might Guy   3 days ago

    Scroll down, the comments will not disappoint.

  • Skull
    Skull   4 days ago

    Walls don’t work

  • mechadoggy
    mechadoggy   4 days ago

    What happened to most of the comments?

  • Boshua Borman
    Boshua Borman   4 days ago

    Jesus Christ, why not try and stop the climate change as well?

  • Brass
    Brass   4 days ago

    Humans: Builds cities on wetlandsNature: HurricaneHumans" "wHy Is ThErE fLoOdInG????"

  • Soleon
    Soleon   4 days ago

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

  • Countryman99 Rhec
    Countryman99 Rhec   5 days ago

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