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.

    Check out some further reading from our sister site, Curbed.com:

    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 • 2 971

  • Vox
    Vox   2 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

    • LONNIE DOBBINS
      LONNIE DOBBINS  2 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.

  • Duke Edward
    Duke Edward  3 days 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  4 days 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  6 days 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  7 days back

            Racist

            • jon silveira
              jon silveira  1 weeks back

              wall street

              • Nathaniel Turner
                Nathaniel Turner  2 weeks back

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

                • Steven Ratti
                  Steven Ratti  5 days back

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

              • Dearon Tufankjian
                Dearon Tufankjian  2 weeks 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!!!!!!!!

                • Checkered Feather
                  Checkered Feather  2 weeks back

                  East Coast be will gone in 2100. Mississippi will burst out of it's banks. This was predicted almost 40 years ago. We see it today.

                  • Steven Ratti
                    Steven Ratti  5 days back

                    So, you advocate Giving Up? We can save our nation, or most of it; better to build defenses than to bury one's head in the sand- or the mud.

                • Archive -
                  Archive -  2 weeks back

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




                  If I stole a comment then have a cookie :3🍪🍪

                  • C J C
                    C J C  2 weeks back

                    BUILD THAT WALL AND LET THE HURRICANES PAY FOR IT! Now that’s what we have to do, after Hurricane Sandy’s and it’s impressive 15ft Storm Surge I got worried about climate change and more flooding events that could turn NY like Atlantis, building a sea wall at least 30 ft high around New York is a very good idea so when the big one comes with a even bigger storm surge then Sandy, where ready, New Orleans, Miami, and Huston should do the same!

                    • trok 13
                      trok 13  3 weeks back

                      HAARP has alot more to do with climate change than people realize.. js

                      • trok 13
                        trok 13  2 weeks back

                        @The Saxon also look into how Banksters threatened Japan w/an earthquake.. Clearly you don't know anything about HAARP.. if you did, you certainly wouldn't of commented what did. Have a nice day!

                      • trok 13
                        trok 13  2 weeks back

                        @The Saxon oh wowww.. Look Into it, and the UN peace treaty of '76.. Btw, I don't even watch Alex Jones lol

                    • Brandon Stennett
                      Brandon Stennett  4 weeks back

                      Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

                      • Lawke
                        Lawke  4 weeks back

                        Remember the Murphy's law : "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".
                        And if I can give any advice to any New Yorker : If one day you hear about the Wall Street's headquarters planning to leave New York, then you should also leave quickly!

                        • André Yuri Vicente de Pádua

                          Sid Mier's Civilization VI INTENSIFFIES

                          • Meme Master
                            Meme Master  4 weeks back

                            Why don’t you just stop climate change while we still cannnnn

                          • Mateja Saric
                            Mateja Saric  4 weeks back

                            ooohhh boyyy more wallssss

                            • Deepak
                              Deepak  4 weeks back

                              2:08 thank me later

                              • all for one
                                all for one  1 months back

                                U reach on moon or even on neptune.... or u can do whatever but u cant control the nature...

                                • Throwaway1234
                                  Throwaway1234  1 months back

                                  Just let New York flood. There is nothing worth saving there.

                                  • Steven Ratti
                                    Steven Ratti  5 days back

                                    And what places would you save? The entire coastline of, say, Texas? Or all of Florida? Or the Central Valley of California (which, mind you, is one of the major food production centers of the entire nation)? Here's an idea- why don't we put politics aside, and try to save it All?

                                • Joshua Koning
                                  Joshua Koning  1 months back

                                  call the netherlands

                                  • The Blue Gamer
                                    The Blue Gamer  1 months back

                                    Attack on Water

                                    • J G P
                                      J G P  1 months back

                                      why did it exacerbate problems in india?

                                      • Risick
                                        Risick  1 months back

                                        Coastal states: AAAAAAAAAAH
                                        Me: laughs in midwest

                                        • killer 1560
                                          killer 1560  1 months back

                                          Why don't they make the sea wall out of trash

                                          • Gaius von Bonaparte
                                            Gaius von Bonaparte  1 months back

                                            New york is ocean phobic!

                                            • Macbasil
                                              Macbasil  1 months back

                                              That won’t work, the power of nature is unpredictable and powerful.

                                              • Steven Ratti
                                                Steven Ratti  5 days back

                                                Perhaps you might talk to the Dutch. They might not agree with you.

                                            • Robby D
                                              Robby D  1 months back

                                              Aren't walls bad?

                                              • Steven Ratti
                                                Steven Ratti  5 days back

                                                Only if they make no sense. Or, of course, are already there, like the barriers between the USA and Mexico.

                                            • Thomas McDonald
                                              Thomas McDonald  1 months back

                                              Its racist don't build it

                                              • anita shirazi
                                                anita shirazi  1 months back

                                                We worry about all these small problems when most of them are caused by climate change

                                                • lollYpoppY234
                                                  lollYpoppY234  1 months back

                                                  Seriously, a wall is literally THE WORST type of coastal protection system you can built... way to go!

                                                  • Khalid Abdulghani
                                                    Khalid Abdulghani  1 months back

                                                    No one:
                                                    Nature: Tsunami
                                                    Donald Trump: let's build a wall!

                                                    • noah
                                                      noah  1 months back

                                                      Sea walls are mostly a joke. They break or water goes over them nearly every time. They're never tall or strong enough. If your going to build it then make it taller ad stronger with a curved out top. Otherwise can still come over and erode the soil on the other side and wamo

                                                      • Steven Ratti
                                                        Steven Ratti  5 days back

                                                        A sea wall can be backed up with levees, which we already know work. You just have to make certain that the levees aren't weakened by erosion and whatnot.

                                                    • Aman deep Singh
                                                      Aman deep Singh  1 months back

                                                      Don't watch this video when you high

                                                      • Noel Lopez
                                                        Noel Lopez  1 months back

                                                        looks like build a walll is the american solution for any problem

                                                        • Big Yellow Lemon
                                                          Big Yellow Lemon  1 months back

                                                          So walls work?

                                                          • Steven Ratti
                                                            Steven Ratti  5 days back

                                                            Only when they are put in place for Real reasons.

                                                        • 64786 Lamar
                                                          64786 Lamar  1 months back

                                                          By building infrastructure you contribute to climate change even more not saying that infrastructure isn’t needed

                                                          • Anurag Rawat
                                                            Anurag Rawat  1 months back

                                                            Nature be like - It's time to pay back humans.

                                                            • SeeingFyre
                                                              SeeingFyre  1 months back

                                                              *-**_gotta keep out those sea mexicans, amirate?_*

                                                              • Colby DeBerry
                                                                Colby DeBerry  1 months back

                                                                Why spend money on a wall when you can spend money preventing rising sea levels

                                                              • Hi Breed
                                                                Hi Breed  1 months back

                                                                Being that 90% of the planet is sea 🌊

                                                                • livia
                                                                  livia  1 months back

                                                                  only 71%

                                                              • Hi Breed
                                                                Hi Breed  1 months back

                                                                Maybe wall to keep out a invasion

                                                                • Hi Breed
                                                                  Hi Breed  1 months back

                                                                  Sea wall , what a joke

                                                                  • Annika H.
                                                                    Annika H.  1 months back

                                                                    yay another wall

                                                                    • Hudson D
                                                                      Hudson D  1 months back

                                                                      this is why we need to go green

                                                                      • Christino Sim
                                                                        Christino Sim  1 months back

                                                                        In 10 years we're gonna have a wall on every coastline instead of on an imaginary line that cuts the us from Mexico.

                                                                        • Ruqqie Deen
                                                                          Ruqqie Deen  1 months back

                                                                          While this may protect the Island, it may have drastic impacts on the coasts on either side of the wall, causing them the erode away at a faster rate. This will impact even more people's lives