New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

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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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www.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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climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/
www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-seawalls/seven-years-after-tsunami-japanese-live-uneasily-with-seawalls-idUSKCN1GL0DK
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www.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

    6 days ago

    This piece was a collaboration with our sister-site, Curbed! Check out the original article here: 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 www.curbed.com/2017/2/15/14616928/trump-nasa-climate-change-california - Kim

  • Dominus Devacore

    Dominus Devacore

    4 days ago

    walls are evil bigot.

  • Michael Plessala

    Michael Plessala

    Hour ago

    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

    Hour ago

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

  • Etiti Yulolo

    Etiti Yulolo

    3 hours ago

    as if a wall can do anything to stop the water...

  • Yuzu Aihara

    Yuzu Aihara

    6 hours ago

    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

    6 hours ago

    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

    10 hours ago

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

  • gogzter McAll

    gogzter McAll

    14 hours ago

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

  • EricG326

    EricG326

    15 hours ago

    How racist of them...

  • 《I S R A E L》

    《I S R A E L》

    15 hours ago

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

  • David W

    David W

    15 hours ago

    lol

  • Wade Wilson

    Wade Wilson

    16 hours ago

    So you’re telling me Walls work?

  • Dragongamer1301

    Dragongamer1301

    17 hours ago

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

  • I

    I

    17 hours ago

    Trump’s second wall

  • I

    I

    17 hours ago

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

  • Davis Edwards

    Davis Edwards

    18 hours ago

    New York said walls are immoral

  • Poppie

    Poppie

    20 hours ago

    hope all people care in

  • NADINE K

    NADINE K

    21 hour ago

    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

    C H A R L I E T H A R G I C

    23 hours ago

    HAHA THAT'S KARMA FELLOW HUMANS WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THROW, BURN, DESTROY MORE.. U LIKE THAT RIGHT?

  • yb s

    yb s

    Day ago

    water gotta go somewhere tho

  • Buffalo Herd

    Buffalo Herd

    Day ago

    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

    Day ago

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

  • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi

    Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi

    Day ago

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

  • m yu

    m yu

    Day ago

    02:06 damn

  • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

    ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

    Day ago

    Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

  • Ersin Avseren

    Ersin Avseren

    Day ago

    Just call the Dutchies back..

  • B ill M iller

    B ill M iller

    Day ago

    Build the wall! Lmao

  • MayReasonBeThyGuide

    MayReasonBeThyGuide

    Day ago

    NYC: Builds a wall against a rising ocean and claims "Walls don't hold back anything"... Welcome to Sodumbistan

  • Geraint Hughes

    Geraint Hughes

    Day ago

    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

    Day ago

    But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

  • Es Gee

    Es Gee

    Day ago

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

  • Alvin Ace Trinidad

    Alvin Ace Trinidad

    Day ago

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

  • Alvin Ace Trinidad

    Alvin Ace Trinidad

    Day ago

    mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

  • Josephine The Celtic

    Josephine The Celtic

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    BUILD THE WALL!

  • Woodynic

    Woodynic

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    Americans really love walls

  • Christina Washburn

    Christina Washburn

    2 days ago

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

  • K4x4 Map

    K4x4 Map

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    the sea isnt rising. the ship is sinking

  • don't have nickname , don't want true name around

    don't have nickname , don't want true name around

    2 days ago

    9 feet = 2,7432m 20 feet = 6,096m

  • Meme Mine

    Meme Mine

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    Guess what, your president doesn't think climate change/global warning is real. Sooo good luck

  • Penny Lane

    Penny Lane

    2 days ago

    Save Staten Island! Because... I really like the ferry...

  • matt ruggiero

    matt ruggiero

    2 days ago

    Yeoooo STATEN island wya

  • peter jakoncic

    peter jakoncic

    2 days ago

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

  • Maria Lomas

    Maria Lomas

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    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 ago

    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 ago

    Make aquaman pay for it

  • Rumki Das

    Rumki Das

    2 days ago

    *this project is initiated by Trump*

  • Jesus Covarrubias

    Jesus Covarrubias

    2 days ago

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

  • Ayy Yo

    Ayy Yo

    Day ago

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

  • Jesus Covarrubias

    Jesus Covarrubias

    Day ago

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

  • DoubleJ

    DoubleJ

    Day ago

    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 ago

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

  • Sanne de Heer

    Sanne de Heer

    2 days ago

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

  • Aravind V

    Aravind V

    2 days ago

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

  • Exodus227

    Exodus227

    2 days ago

    America: Has a minor inconvenience Also America: *"BUILD A WALL"*

  • BaronVonTrousers

    BaronVonTrousers

    2 days ago

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

  • Joshua Stone

    Joshua Stone

    2 days ago

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

  • Stefanos Mor

    Stefanos Mor

    2 days ago

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

  • Schleck re

    Schleck re

    2 days ago

    Anyone else this reminds to the expanse?

  • Michael Bullock

    Michael Bullock

    3 days ago

    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

    3 days ago

    There are ancient ruins under the oceans all over the world. Nothing new. Plato will tell you all about it.

  • Jon E

    Jon E

    Day ago

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

  • Ayy Yo

    Ayy Yo

    Day ago

    What does that have to do with rising sea levels?

  • DJ Trendsetta

    DJ Trendsetta

    3 days ago

    Or you could just move.

  • Steve Mang

    Steve Mang

    3 days ago

    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

    3 days ago

    Smh why dont they just plant trees in protected "green areas"

  • Mushu Gone

    Mushu Gone

    3 days ago

    I say thin the herd. Natural selection is quite the motivator.

  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones

    2 days ago

    I couldn't agree more end all aid to africa

  • Michelle Satterly

    Michelle Satterly

    3 days ago

    This wall is racist against water

  • Mikey’s Water Girl

    Mikey’s Water Girl

    3 days ago

    Mr. President, please Tear Down That Wall!!

  • Morty Sanchez

    Morty Sanchez

    3 days ago

    Build that wall! Build that wall!

  • Loren Theory

    Loren Theory

    3 days ago

    A big beautiful smart wall..

  • FortuitusVideo

    FortuitusVideo

    3 days ago

    Dont build walls, build bridges.

  • jojofromtx

    jojofromtx

    3 days ago

    They took funding from Houston for a seawall after Harvey for this. In the richest country on earth we can afford tax cuts but not be able to protect both cities. Sad.

  • stoic romulan

    stoic romulan

    3 days ago

    Texas don't believe in climate change and didn't want to give $$ to new jersey for recovery 🤔

  • YukiSkullDoll

    YukiSkullDoll

    3 days ago

    Or they could move

  • Mariëtte G

    Mariëtte G

    3 days ago

    LOL dat is gewoon een dijk

  • Kameron Briggs

    Kameron Briggs

    3 days ago

    The best meteorologist to ever have lived in the entirety of earths history has predicted less severe storms that overall occur less. This has so far been proven true.

  • Kameron Briggs

    Kameron Briggs

    3 days ago

    Maybe not NOAA idr what they are called.

  • Kameron Briggs

    Kameron Briggs

    3 days ago

    Newyork area as a whole is sinking. But slower than manhattan and all that. This was ignored by NOAA once and resulted in this fraud that got exposed arounf 2009 or something like that. They had to correct the tide guage data.

  • Stephanie Luff

    Stephanie Luff

    3 days ago

    Moving away from coasts also helps, for those that can afford it (it's actually cheaper in my experiences).

  • Meklow The Lemur

    Meklow The Lemur

    3 days ago

    Yup thats it! We need things that can resist the changes that are happening to our earth caused by Humans. We don't need to change fundamentally as a society if we want to survive as a species. Not at all!

  • Nazar Sokolyuk

    Nazar Sokolyuk

    3 days ago

    Finally, we can say that Americans love walls

  • stoic romulan

    stoic romulan

    3 days ago

    China did it 1st🤔

  • kenzie barlow

    kenzie barlow

    3 days ago

    ninety nine percent of comments: what’s with all the walls the other one percent: actually ab the video

  • A L

    A L

    3 days ago

    Walls are bad, we should protest!

  • Underrated NL

    Underrated NL

    3 days ago

    G E K O L O N I S E E R D

  • LakbayTV HD

    LakbayTV HD

    3 days ago

    TRUMP MUST BE PROUD!

  • Bagus Dhamantra

    Bagus Dhamantra

    3 days ago

    Sea wall: Because building a gigantic wall is easier than reducing CO2 emission.

  • Ayy Yo

    Ayy Yo

    Day ago

    Well it actually is so..

  • Classic Jay

    Classic Jay

    3 days ago

    Make Aquaman Pay for it

  • Green Papajas

    Green Papajas

    3 days ago

    There will be the great wall of US oneday.

  • livnlifjap

    livnlifjap

    3 days ago

    NOOOO......NOT A WALL ! ! ! ! ! HAVEN"T YOU HEARD....A WALL WOULD BE INEFFECTIVE...lmao

  • CascadeHush

    CascadeHush

    3 days ago

    So it's official, the word 'research' has no meaning now.

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    devontodetroit

    3 days ago

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  • 月英Yueying

    月英Yueying

    3 days ago

    walls only cost lives

  • Aseem Kssam

    Aseem Kssam

    3 days ago

    WALLS ARE RACIST. NEW YORK IS RACIST TOWARDS THE OCEAN

  • Spiritual Awakening

    Spiritual Awakening

    3 days ago

    "sea walls" may be a temporary measure, but given the potential amount of sea level rise that could come, coupled with increasingly strong tidal surge, those on the coastline may need to move to higher ground.

  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones

    2 days ago

    Wasn't Florida suppose to be under water 20 years ago?

  • khaled hackronike

    khaled hackronike

    3 days ago

    Make saudi arabia pay for it 😂🤣

  • Frost

    Frost

    3 days ago

    Mexico gonna pay for the wall? Ich habe 3 Jahre lang geschissen

  • Jeff Yang

    Jeff Yang

    4 days ago

    Welcome to America, where problem is solved by building walls.

  • stoic romulan

    stoic romulan

    3 days ago

    Hmmm didn't China do it 1st??🤔

  • Legendary King

    Legendary King

    4 days ago

    as soon as i read wall i knew the comments would be full of build the wall memes lol

  • Goyim

    Goyim

    4 days ago

    Build that wall! Build that wall! Wait...

  • Claire Vise

    Claire Vise

    4 days ago

    ironically, the carbon emissions used making the wall is gonna make the flooding worse lol

  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones

    2 days ago

    How exactly does carbon effect floods?

  • etic angel

    etic angel

    4 days ago

    No, I saw a video in biology, 3 years ago, talking about the impacts of climate change like sea-level rise. It's happening

  • MirrorPeach

    MirrorPeach

    4 days ago

    water is still going to be overtaking Florida tho

  • H B

    H B

    4 days ago

    When people start to think about building walls they generally dump thinking about causes and doing something about them.

  • Tim

    Tim

    4 days ago

    It's all about wall there. Build the wall! Wait. Build a sea wall first.

  • mgs1398

    mgs1398

    4 days ago

    As someone who lives in New Orleans I was just WAITING for the part where we come in because we are always a huge point of discussion when it comes to hurricanes. The thing about hurricane defense is that we are a LONG way from combatting them effectively. Levees break all. the. time. Sea walls stop some water from coming in, but it is the land itself that is susceptible to flooding. Louisiana is literally swamp land. We have potholes for miles (like way more than most cities) and it's not because of neglect, it's because the land itself is in constant flux. The slightest rain (if it's long enough) causes my street to flood up to my knees, let alone if a major storm occurs. We try to combat it by building our homes higher up but even then the waters are so high (for Katrina the flood levels reached 19 feet in my neighborhood) that even this won't do much to mitigate against stronger storms. My point is, until we come up with some new/innovative ideas or find better ways to deal with flooding in general, all of our efforts (while helping a little) won't really help much in the long run. And don't even get me started on wind damage...

  • Rob Peg

    Rob Peg

    4 days ago

    So when it comes to the oceans, liberals are ok with walls ... huh ... interesting ...

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