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?
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10 juin 2019

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Vox Il y a 15 jours
This piece was a collaboration with our sister-site, Curbed! Check out the original article here: And for more information on how to build a resilient city check out Alissa Walker’s piece - Kim
LONNIE DOBBINS Il y a 3 jours
@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.
Umar Yusuf
Umar Yusuf Il y a heure
Did someone see Mexicans in the water?
Jefferson Johanes
Jefferson Johanes Il y a 9 heures
This whole thing is such a great pun
Danarius M.
Danarius M. Il y a 11 heures
We need to start moving more inland so we might have to abandon New Orleans one day :/
................... Il y a 14 heures
The day after tomorrow anyone?
Hayden Smith
Hayden Smith Il y a 15 heures
That is racist against the ocean
c p
c p Il y a 16 heures
ummm...seawalls arn't for holding back floods,there more for reducing wave damage....Definition of Seawall: A structure separating land and water areas. It is designed to prevent coastal erosion and other damage due to wave action and storm surge, such as flooding. Seawalls are normally very massive structures because they are designed to resist the full force of waves and storm surge.Feb 20, 2019 ,they have been in use around the modern world for century's...and in nature even longer then that,the great barrier reef could be considered a type of seawall.
Inverted Shadow
Inverted Shadow Il y a jour
Back water! BACK! Aaa! Bad water! Back!
Emmanuel Cabrera
Emmanuel Cabrera Il y a jour
All cause the reefs arr dieing. Reefs actually help contain this
Tise Ignite
Tise Ignite Il y a jour
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 Il y a jour
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 Il y a jour
you know what we should just build a wall around the whole United states. then we can be on attack on titan.
The Resistance
The Resistance Il y a jour
What about offshore wind farms
YesIM mexican
YesIM mexican Il y a jour
Nothing comes good out of it when you challenge mother nature.
mike8055 Il y a 2 jours
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 Il y a 2 jours
Climate hits back with equal force because that's how physics work.
Jerry Fitness
Jerry Fitness Il y a 2 jours
Trump: Did somebody say building a wall??!???
Ilove Chocolate
Ilove Chocolate Il y a 2 jours
Why didn't they plant a mangrove forest?
DJ Wise Pariah
DJ Wise Pariah Il y a 2 jours
Because, you know, it's not like the water can't just go AROUND the wall.
cesar martinez
cesar martinez Il y a 2 jours
Nature: *Hurricane* Humans: *Wall* Climate change: Not on my watch! *makes intense hurricanes bigger then before* Humans: meh
Syd Clark
Syd Clark Il y a 2 jours
We live in a massive world, with land that nobody has ever stood on, yet we build on wetlands.
Badr eddin
Badr eddin Il y a 2 jours
_So how many walls do you want?_ USA: *Yes*
Herb Tenderson
Herb Tenderson Il y a 2 jours
Damn, thank God that the hurricane on September 11th 2001 decided to stop and then go the other way.
Morgan Yoite
Morgan Yoite Il y a 2 jours
Make aquaman pay for it
Scarlet Inky
Scarlet Inky Il y a 3 jours
I wonder if that was what Trump meant by a great wall
Ryan Rodriguez
Ryan Rodriguez Il y a 3 jours
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 Il y a 3 jours
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 Il y a 3 jours
Walls don't work. Walls are immoral.
colonelmcdoogle Il y a 3 jours
That’s very oceanphobic of them.
Pathfinder Hazel
Pathfinder Hazel Il y a 3 jours
I wonder what the designers of these seawalls think.
Patrick Radcliffe
Patrick Radcliffe Il y a 3 jours
Build on fill and it starts settling below the water nice try pinning that on global warming.
Thomas Marshall
Thomas Marshall Il y a 3 jours
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 Il y a 3 jours
WTF AMERICA, why don’t you use the Metric System wtfff
Sven Lima
Sven Lima Il y a 4 jours
Build a 1mile high waterproof wall around the USA - and fill it up with water.
Purple Purp
Purple Purp Il y a 4 jours
So walls work to keep stuff out?
JC Korn
JC Korn Il y a 4 jours
Something tells me we were nomadic for a reason.....
JC Korn
JC Korn Il y a 4 jours I was told they don’t.
S.A anderson
S.A anderson Il y a 4 jours
Building walls dont solve the problem its just kicking the can down the road
Might Guy
Might Guy Il y a 4 jours
Scroll down, the comments will not disappoint.
Draw Clearly
Draw Clearly Il y a 5 jours
Staten Island said: 🧠🚫
Skull Il y a 5 jours
Walls don’t work
mechadoggy Il y a 5 jours
What happened to most of the comments?
Boshua Borman
Boshua Borman Il y a 5 jours
Jesus Christ, why not try and stop the climate change as well?
Boshua Borman
Boshua Borman Il y a 5 jours
Damn I should've thought about that.
Enuka Pasan
Enuka Pasan Il y a 5 jours
Maybe cuz Jesus Christ can't stop climate change ?
Brass Il y a 6 jours
Humans: *Builds cities on wetlands* Nature: *Hurricane* Humans" "wHy Is ThErE fLoOdInG????"
Ree Il y a 16 heures
Humans: "Hmm, these hurricanes aren't nearly destructive enough. How can we fix this?"
Logan Butcher
Logan Butcher Il y a 6 jours
Donald Trump would approve
Soleon Il y a 6 jours
what is it with america and its obsession with building walls to solve its problems
Livovian Order Mapping
Livovian Order Mapping Il y a 6 jours
Tsunami: **im gonna end this whole man’s career**
Countryman99 Rhec
Countryman99 Rhec Il y a 6 jours
They just admitted that walls work so why don't they want to agree that the wall on the southern border would work
Countryman99 Rhec
Countryman99 Rhec Il y a 4 jours
@Pierce ya man
Pierce Il y a 5 jours
Countryman99 Rhec you must be joking, right?
Der Headbanger
Der Headbanger Il y a 6 jours
Do we all agree that fixing the symptoms is way more important than fixing the cause?
Rafael Palacio
Rafael Palacio Il y a 6 jours
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 Il y a 6 jours
Nah, we'll make OCEAN PAYING FOR IT!
Ronald Cates
Ronald Cates Il y a 7 jours
Global Warming is a Hoax . . . Period 🔴
cd Il y a 7 jours
They preparing for invasion :P
J Squad Vlogs
J Squad Vlogs Il y a 7 jours
Just drain the water and move it somewhere else . . . Duh 🙄
kakuella Il y a 7 jours
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 Il y a 7 jours
Is the ocean paying for it?
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 Il y a 7 jours
Why do people live next to the ocean and complain about hurricanes?
Another Guy
Another Guy Il y a 7 jours
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...
Plus Il y a 4 jours
What climate change 🤣
Damien's Adventure
Damien's Adventure Il y a 7 jours
I like this informative video. :)
COLLEGE DUDE Il y a 7 jours
building a wall... something trump likes; not exactly XD
daLi demo
daLi demo Il y a 7 jours
make mexico pay for it
Fedir Kriviy
Fedir Kriviy Il y a 8 jours
Kim Mas is 😍
Worrywart Il y a 8 jours
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 Il y a 8 jours
Most of people from NY think walls don’t work...
David Dima
David Dima Il y a 8 jours
"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 Il y a 8 jours
I guess walls work huh
Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley Il y a 8 jours
A 5 mile long, 20ft high concrete wall would have such a large carbon footprint it's insane
Activist Voor Rechten Van Kaas
still better than drowning
Michael Plessala
Michael Plessala Il y a 8 jours
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 Il y a 8 jours
Created the city on wetlands (occupied) Now eager to stop the ocean. Nature avenges in weird ways.
Etiti Yulolo
Etiti Yulolo Il y a 8 jours
as if a wall can do anything to stop the water...
Yuzu Aihara
Yuzu Aihara Il y a 8 jours
In situation like these, people who claim to have a solution tend to choose the easiest and most convenient option; erect a wall.
SuperKing604 Il y a 8 jours
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 Il y a 8 jours
every New Yorker would say to Trump that walls don't work hmmmmm
gogzter McAll
gogzter McAll Il y a 8 jours
Aw aye when these lots harp on about how bad building a wall is. Now they want one
EricG326 Il y a 8 jours
How racist of them...
《I S R A E L》
《I S R A E L》 Il y a 8 jours
This is racist against the Ocean, we should be building bridges not walls
David W
David W Il y a 9 jours
Wade Wilson
Wade Wilson Il y a 9 jours
So you’re telling me Walls work?
Dragongamer1301 Il y a 9 jours
Why dont you just drink all the water instead of building a wall. Smh
I Il y a 9 jours
Trump’s second wall
I Il y a 9 jours
Why don’t they build a wall in the most hurricane hit States like Florida
Davis Edwards
Davis Edwards Il y a 9 jours
New York said walls are immoral
Poppie Il y a 9 jours
hope all people care in
NADINE K Il y a 9 jours
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
Buffalo Herd
Buffalo Herd Il y a 9 jours
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 Il y a 9 jours
Did New York do environmental studies? Building this wall will kill the yellow striped mosquitos.
Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi
Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi Il y a 9 jours
you guys are talking about billions of dollars when your military spends 600 billion annually
m yu
m yu Il y a 9 jours
02:06 damn
Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?
Ersin Avseren
Ersin Avseren Il y a 9 jours
Just call the Dutchies back..
B ill M iller
B ill M iller Il y a 9 jours
Build the wall! Lmao
Geraint Hughes
Geraint Hughes Il y a 10 jours
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 Il y a 10 jours
But I thought walls don’t work!🤔
Es Gee
Es Gee Il y a 10 jours
perfectly appropriate that trump loving staten islanders are finally getting their wall
Alvin Ace Trinidad
Alvin Ace Trinidad Il y a 10 jours
in the next 10 years, america will be covered by a huge perimeter wall
Alvin Ace Trinidad
Alvin Ace Trinidad Il y a 10 jours
mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall
Josephine The Celtic
Josephine The Celtic Il y a 10 jours
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 Il y a 10 jours
Woodynic Il y a 10 jours
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.
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