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?

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    https://www.curbed.com/2017/2/15/14616928/trump-nasa-climate-change-california
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  • 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

  • yb s
    yb s  18 minutes back

    water gotta go somewhere tho

    • Buffalo Herd
      Buffalo Herd  3 hours 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  5 hours back

        Did New York do environmental studies? Building this wall will kill the yellow striped mosquitos.

        • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi
          Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi  5 hours back

          you guys are talking about billions of dollars when your military spends 600 billion annually

          • m yu
            m yu  6 hours back

            02:06 damn

            • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

              Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

              • Ersin Avseren
                Ersin Avseren  10 hours back

                Just call the Dutchies back..

                • B ill M iller
                  B ill M iller  10 hours back

                  Build the wall! Lmao

                  • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                    MayReasonBeThyGuide  10 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  12 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  13 hours back

                        But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

                        • Es Gee
                          Es Gee  15 hours back

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

                          • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                            Alvin Ace Trinidad  18 hours back

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

                            • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                              Alvin Ace Trinidad  18 hours back

                              mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

                              • Josephine The Celtic
                                Josephine The Celtic  19 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  20 hours back

                                  BUILD THE WALL!

                                  • Woodynic
                                    Woodynic  21 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  21 hours back

                                      Americans really love walls

                                      • Christina Washburn
                                        Christina Washburn  22 hours back

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

                                        • K4x4 Map
                                          K4x4 Map  1 days 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  1 days 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  2 days back

                                                      Yeoooo STATEN island wya

                                                      • peter jakoncic
                                                        peter jakoncic  2 days back

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

                                                        • Maria Lomas
                                                          Maria Lomas  2 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  23 hours back

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

                                                        • Ruki Sar
                                                          Ruki Sar  2 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  2 days back

                                                            Make aquaman pay for it

                                                            • Rumki Das
                                                              Rumki Das  2 days back

                                                              *this project is initiated by Trump*

                                                              • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                Jesus Covarrubias  2 days back

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

                                                                • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                  Jesus Covarrubias  7 hours back

                                                                  @Ayy Yo okay but a wall isn't going to stop people from coming into this country

                                                                • Ayy Yo
                                                                  Ayy Yo  8 hours back

                                                                  @Jesus Covarrubias isnt that why they're building this wall? LOL

                                                                • Jesus Covarrubias
                                                                  Jesus Covarrubias  8 hours back

                                                                  @DoubleJ but shouldn't he make sure that the people who are already here be safe?? 🤔

                                                                • DoubleJ
                                                                  DoubleJ  9 hours back

                                                                  He should care about the people coming in to this country. People who don’t care who comes into this country don’t care about this country.

                                                              • Sanne de Heer
                                                                Sanne de Heer  2 days back

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

                                                                • Sanne de Heer
                                                                  Sanne de Heer  2 days back

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

                                                                  • Aravind V
                                                                    Aravind V  2 days back

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

                                                                    • Exodus227
                                                                      Exodus227  2 days back

                                                                      America: Has a minor inconvenience

                                                                      Also America: *"BUILD A WALL"*

                                                                      • BaronVonTrousers
                                                                        BaronVonTrousers  1 days back

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

                                                                    • Joshua Stone
                                                                      Joshua Stone  2 days back

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

                                                                      • Stefanos Mor
                                                                        Stefanos Mor  2 days back

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

                                                                        • Schleck re
                                                                          Schleck re  2 days back

                                                                          Anyone else this reminds to the expanse?

                                                                          • Michael Bullock
                                                                            Michael Bullock  2 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.

                                                                              • Jon E
                                                                                Jon E  7 hours back

                                                                                @Ayy Yo sea levels have been rising for centuries. Long before the use of fossil fuels.

                                                                              • Ayy Yo
                                                                                Ayy Yo  8 hours back

                                                                                What does that have to do with rising sea levels?

                                                                            • 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  23 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!!