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.
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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Comments

  1. Vox

    Vox3 months 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

  2. MICHGO1

    MICHGO122 days ago

    YOUR SISTER SITE IS BEING TAKEN OVER BY SPAM IN THE COMMENTS AND NO ONE THERE SEEMS TO CARE.

  3. LONNIE DOBBINS

    LONNIE DOBBINS3 months ago

    @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.

  4. Jamie Wells

    Jamie Wells18 minutes ago

    Are we making the ocean pay for it?

  5. Secret EyeSpot

    Secret EyeSpot5 hours ago

    what if we made it out of trash/debris?

  6. Tony Chalmers

    Tony Chalmers6 hours ago

    Show me where the sea level as changed. it's a lie and there is no Global warming or climate change. There as always been bad weather. Stop building right near the sea. Anyone with brains would tell you this is a very bad idea. And the more damage is the increase of population and more buildings. just move away from the coast.

  7. rum and coke32

    rum and coke323 days ago

    Building a wall to keep the water is....waterist!

  8. Tim J

    Tim J3 days ago

    *I thought walls didn't work* 😆

  9. snake pliskin2.0

    snake pliskin2.04 days ago

    Let the seas reclaim New York and California the US would be a better place

  10. KJ is the w0rst

    KJ is the w0rst5 days ago

    So this walls gud tho

  11. qwertyappleshock

    qwertyappleshock5 days ago

    Hurricanes? Typhoons? FILIPINOS: Hold my San Miguel Beer.. 💪 No question, the Filipino's resilience is legendary.. ❤️🇵🇭

  12. Francisco Machado

    Francisco Machado6 days ago

    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.

  13. Robin Brooke

    Robin Brooke7 days ago

    The only way to make sure your sea defences will definitely work is to get Dutch people to build it

  14. Yasin Hasan

    Yasin Hasan7 days ago

    ocean making problems? just bomb the ocean: US style

  15. Beau Biker

    Beau Biker7 days ago

    Nature's way of getting rid of liberals.

  16. bjorn joseph

    bjorn joseph7 days ago

    It's to keep out illegal water

  17. CT & MTA Railfan

    CT & MTA Railfan7 days ago

    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.

  18. Carys Williams

    Carys Williams8 days ago

    I go to ny harbor school

  19. Sofía

    Sofía9 days ago

    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

  20. Sofía

    Sofía9 days ago

    America will do anything to avoid addressing climate change

  21. Donald J. Trump

    Donald J. Trump11 days ago

    I am going to build a great wall of New York's southern border, and I will make Bikini Bottom pay for it.

  22. Friend of Tellus

    Friend of Tellus13 days ago

    Great idea !

  23. John Spinelli

    John Spinelli15 days ago

    Why dont we just take New York and push it somewhere else?

  24. Ankit Sonu

    Ankit Sonu15 days ago

    New York's solution is Similar to Trump's 😂😂

  25. Khushal Paherwar

    Khushal Paherwar15 days ago

    This is just gonna be another Jakarta situation

  26. livia

    livia15 days ago

    fun fact: when the dutch controlled nyc and was new amsterdam, wall street was an actual wall

  27. pauline palmer

    pauline palmer16 days ago

    I thought walls are bad.

  28. Tazmanian Devil

    Tazmanian Devil18 days ago

    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!

  29. The King

    The King19 days ago

    Building a wall to protect us citizens? Thats racist.

  30. Edwin Cintron

    Edwin Cintron17 days ago

    😂🤣😂😁That's too hilarious.. I'm dying laughing lol... greatest comment here

  31. Jame Brooke

    Jame Brooke20 days ago

    What? NEW YORKERS for WALLS?? RACIST!

  32. Yogshaye Ramhota

    Yogshaye Ramhota21 day ago

    Nothing can defy the force of nature so why build a wall

  33. Climate Satyagraha : The Power of Truth

    Climate Satyagraha : The Power of Truth26 days ago

    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.

  34. Blatio1

    Blatio127 days ago

    Well NY'rs, per your logic, that makes you racist against the ocean.

  35. Dota Game

    Dota Game28 days ago

    Just drink the water lol..

  36. Leia Jiang

    Leia Jiang28 days ago

    And then one day it's gonna not work

  37. Leia Jiang

    Leia Jiang28 days ago

    Solar energy

  38. Dante Hyndman

    Dante Hyndman29 days ago

    “The democrats want open waterways and to let all illegal water inland”

  39. Carlos García

    Carlos García29 days ago

    good luck

  40. THEBIGMEOW

    THEBIGMEOW29 days ago

    Usa should stop oppressing others countries so God will not punish them with mere water 💦

  41. larrabeejl

    larrabeejlMonth ago

    Climate change 😂😂😂 complaining about houses flooding in a flood prone area where they dont belong then blaming climate change for humans stupidity.

  42. Ricky911

    Ricky911Month ago

    A seawall?? Is this what's gonna happen to all coastal cities??Seriously, how about we actually start to care about climate change instead?

  43. Zacharius

    ZachariusMonth ago

    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...

  44. SeekerFantasy

    SeekerFantasyMonth ago

    they might be great, but why they didnt built detectors machines like japan did after 2011 tsunami?

  45. Amy Stambaugh

    Amy StambaughMonth ago

    "small borough of staten island", lol it's bigger than the bronx and manhattan

  46. Duke Edward

    Duke EdwardMonth ago

    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?

  47. katerina economou

    katerina economouMonth ago

    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.

  48. Lumberjack king the great

    Lumberjack king the greatMonth ago

    Too keep out the water Mexicans

  49. Ivan Devčić

    Ivan DevčićMonth ago

    2017: "Let's build a wall at the border with Mexico" 2019:"Let's build a wall at the New York coastline"

  50. Samuel Cunningham

    Samuel CunninghamMonth ago

    Racist

  51. jon silveira

    jon silveiraMonth ago

    wall street

  52. Nathaniel Turner

    Nathaniel TurnerMonth ago

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

  53. Steven Ratti

    Steven RattiMonth ago

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

  54. Dearon Tufankjian

    Dearon TufankjianMonth ago

    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!!!!!!!!

  55. Archive -

    Archive -Month ago

    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🍪🍪

  56. CJC

    CJCMonth ago

    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!

  57. trok 13

    trok 13Month ago

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

  58. trok 13

    trok 13Month ago

    @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!

  59. trok 13

    trok 13Month ago

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

  60. Brandon Stennett

    Brandon Stennett2 months ago

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

  61. Lawke

    Lawke2 months ago

    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!

  62. André Yuri Vicente de Pádua

    André Yuri Vicente de Pádua2 months ago

    Sid Mier's Civilization VI INTENSIFFIES

  63. Meme Master

    Meme Master2 months ago

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

  64. Steven Ratti

    Steven RattiMonth ago

    If only it were that easy.

  65. Mateja Saric

    Mateja Saric2 months ago

    ooohhh boyyy more wallssss

  66. Deepak

    Deepak2 months ago

    2:08 thank me later

  67. all for one

    all for one2 months ago

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