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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.
Check out some further reading from our sister site, Curbed.com:
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
For more research and climate-related content:
www.c2es.org/content/hurricanes-and-climate-change/
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
And for more on seawalls:
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 Il y a 3 mois
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
MICHGO1
MICHGO1 Il y a 20 jours
YOUR SISTER SITE IS BEING TAKEN OVER BY SPAM IN THE COMMENTS AND NO ONE THERE SEEMS TO CARE.
LONNIE DOBBINS
LONNIE DOBBINS Il y a 3 mois
@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.
rum and coke32
rum and coke32 Il y a jour
Building a wall to keep the water is....waterist!
Tim J
Tim J Il y a jour
*I thought walls didn't work* 😆
snake pliskin2.0
snake pliskin2.0 Il y a 3 jours
Let the seas reclaim New York and California the US would be a better place
KJ is the w0rst
KJ is the w0rst Il y a 3 jours
So this walls gud tho
qwertyappleshock
qwertyappleshock Il y a 3 jours
Hurricanes? Typhoons? FILIPINOS: Hold my San Miguel Beer.. 💪 No question, the Filipino's resilience is legendary.. ❤️🇵🇭
Francisco Machado
Francisco Machado Il y a 4 jours
I came from a island and believe me you don't need a wall you need to move those person's away because if the sea is coming there is nothing a human can build to prevent, yes you can delay but is going to be irrelevant, the planet is here sense thousands of years he have time.
Robin Brooke
Robin Brooke Il y a 5 jours
The only way to make sure your sea defences will definitely work is to get Dutch people to build it
Yasin Hasan
Yasin Hasan Il y a 5 jours
ocean making problems? just bomb the ocean: US style
Beau Biker
Beau Biker Il y a 5 jours
Nature's way of getting rid of liberals.
bjorn joseph
bjorn joseph Il y a 5 jours
It's to keep out illegal water
CT & MTA Railfan
CT & MTA Railfan Il y a 5 jours
0:21 Staten Island is not a small borough. It is one of the largest boroughs in terms of land. Manhattan is the smallest borough in NYC in terms of land, but it is the largest in terms of population density.
Carys Williams
Carys Williams Il y a 6 jours
I go to ny harbor school
Sofía
Sofía Il y a 7 jours
Everyone: how about we work together to try to solve climate change and avoid the end of the world America: Nah that’ll never work... walls on the other hand
Sofía
Sofía Il y a 7 jours
America will do anything to avoid addressing climate change
Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump Il y a 10 jours
I am going to build a great wall of New York's southern border, and I will make Bikini Bottom pay for it.
Friend of Tellus
Friend of Tellus Il y a 11 jours
Great idea !
John Spinelli
John Spinelli Il y a 13 jours
Why dont we just take New York and push it somewhere else?
Ankit Sonu
Ankit Sonu Il y a 13 jours
New York's solution is Similar to Trump's 😂😂
Khushal Paherwar
Khushal Paherwar Il y a 13 jours
This is just gonna be another Jakarta situation
livia
livia Il y a 13 jours
fun fact: when the dutch controlled nyc and was new amsterdam, wall street was an actual wall
pauline palmer
pauline palmer Il y a 14 jours
I thought walls are bad.
Tazmanian Devil
Tazmanian Devil Il y a 17 jours
I worked in Staten Island on the aftermath of hurricane Sandy! I was with the army corps of engineers removing the debris! And my humble opinion is that it could be also considered to do like the way Japan used in there coastline when typhoons hit their land! I can't remember the proper mame of it but i called them cement starts! There are gigantic in size and weight tons! They could be put across the shore line to at least minimise the waves before they impact the shore! Is just a thought!
The King
The King Il y a 17 jours
Building a wall to protect us citizens? Thats racist.
Edwin Cintron
Edwin Cintron Il y a 15 jours
😂🤣😂😁That's too hilarious.. I'm dying laughing lol... greatest comment here
Jame Brooke
Jame Brooke Il y a 18 jours
What? NEW YORKERS for WALLS?? RACIST!
Yogshaye Ramhota
Yogshaye Ramhota Il y a 19 jours
Nothing can defy the force of nature so why build a wall
Climate Satyagraha : The Power of Truth
This is really sad. For every city that can afford to build a wall, there are alteast 10 which can't. But the one which can afford to is the one which is mostly responsible for the sea level rise. Stop this before its too late.
Blatio1
Blatio1 Il y a 25 jours
Well NY'rs, per your logic, that makes you racist against the ocean.
Dota Game
Dota Game Il y a 26 jours
Just drink the water lol..
Leia Jiang
Leia Jiang Il y a 27 jours
And then one day it's gonna not work
Leia Jiang
Leia Jiang Il y a 27 jours
Solar energy
Dante Hyndman
Dante Hyndman Il y a 27 jours
“The democrats want open waterways and to let all illegal water inland”
Carlos García
Carlos García Il y a 27 jours
good luck
THEBIGMEOW
THEBIGMEOW Il y a 28 jours
Usa should stop oppressing others countries so God will not punish them with mere water 💦
larrabeejl
larrabeejl Il y a 28 jours
Climate change 😂😂😂 complaining about houses flooding in a flood prone area where they dont belong then blaming climate change for humans stupidity.
Ricky911
Ricky911 Il y a 29 jours
A seawall?? Is this what's gonna happen to all coastal cities??Seriously, how about we actually start to care about climate change instead?
Zacharius
Zacharius Il y a 29 jours
When those walls are built, can they add some mechanism to those walls that will use the kinetic energy of the ocean crashing into the walls to generate clean energy? Just an idea...but why not harness that energy...
SeekerFantasy
SeekerFantasy Il y a mois
they might be great, but why they didnt built detectors machines like japan did after 2011 tsunami?
Amy Stambaugh
Amy Stambaugh Il y a mois
"small borough of staten island", lol it's bigger than the bronx and manhattan
Duke Edward
Duke Edward Il y a mois
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 Il y a mois
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 Il y a mois
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 Il y a mois
Racist
jon silveira
jon silveira Il y a mois
wall street
Nathaniel Turner
Nathaniel Turner Il y a mois
LOL but haven't you heard? Walls don't work and are immoral.
Steven Ratti
Steven Ratti Il y a mois
Boy, conservatives Do love to inflate a mere talking point into a huge thing.
Dearon Tufankjian
Dearon Tufankjian Il y a mois
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!!!!!!!!
Archive -
Archive - Il y a mois
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🍪🍪
CJC
CJC Il y a mois
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 Il y a mois
HAARP has alot more to do with climate change than people realize.. js
trok 13
trok 13 Il y a mois
@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 Il y a mois
@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 Il y a mois
Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.
Lawke
Lawke Il y a 2 mois
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 Il y a 2 mois
Why don’t you just stop climate change while we still cannnnn
Steven Ratti
Steven Ratti Il y a mois
If only it were that easy.
Mateja Saric
Mateja Saric Il y a 2 mois
ooohhh boyyy more wallssss
Deepak
Deepak Il y a 2 mois
2:08 thank me later
all for one
all for one Il y a 2 mois
U reach on moon or even on neptune.... or u can do whatever but u cant control the nature...
Throwaway1234
Throwaway1234 Il y a 2 mois
Just let New York flood. There is nothing worth saving there.
Steven Ratti
Steven Ratti Il y a mois
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 Il y a 2 mois
call the netherlands
The Blue Gamer
The Blue Gamer Il y a 2 mois
Attack on Water
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