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 • 2 781

  • Vox
    Vox   1 weeks 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

  • Draw Clearly
    Draw Clearly  13 hours back

    Staten Island said: 🧠🚫

    • Skull
      Skull  17 hours back

      Walls don’t work

      • mechadoggy
        mechadoggy  18 hours back

        What happened to most of the comments?

        • Boshua Borman
          Boshua Borman  24 hours back

          Jesus Christ, why not try and stop the climate change as well?

          • Boshua Borman
            Boshua Borman  2 hours back

            Damn I should've thought about that.

          • Enuka Pasan
            Enuka Pasan  5 hours back

            Maybe cuz Jesus Christ can't stop climate change ?

        • Brass
          Brass  1 days back

          Humans: *Builds cities on wetlands*


          Nature: *Hurricane*


          Humans" "wHy Is ThErE fLoOdInG????"

          • Logan Butcher
            Logan Butcher  1 days back

            Donald Trump would approve

            • Soleon
              Soleon  1 days back

              what is it with america and its obsession with building walls to solve its problems

              • Livovian Order Mapping

                Tsunami: **im gonna end this whole man’s career**

                • Jay B
                  Jay B  1 days back

                  it is not leading to increasingly violent storms. stop lying to people. the data does not back up your claims. there is nothing unusual or out of the ordinary happening.

                  • Countryman99 Rhec
                    Countryman99 Rhec  1 days back

                    They just admitted that walls work so why don't they want to agree that the wall on the southern border would work

                    • Pierce
                      Pierce  5 hours back

                      Countryman99 Rhec you must be joking, right?

                  • Der Headbanger
                    Der Headbanger  2 days back

                    Do we all agree that fixing the symptoms is way more important than fixing the cause?

                    • Rafael Palacio
                      Rafael Palacio  2 days back

                      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
                          홍성탁  2 days back

                          Nah, we'll make OCEAN PAYING FOR IT!

                      • Ronald Cates
                        Ronald Cates  2 days back

                        Global Warming is a Hoax . . . Period 🔴

                        • cd
                          cd  2 days back

                          They preparing for invasion :P

                          • J Squad Vlogs
                            J Squad Vlogs  2 days back

                            Just drain the water and move it somewhere else . . . Duh 🙄

                            • kakuella
                              kakuella  2 days back

                              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  2 days back

                                Is the ocean paying for it?

                                • ‘Moonshine&’Sunshine

                                  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
                                    Jarrod  3 days back

                                    Why do people live next to the ocean and complain about hurricanes?

                                    • Another Guy
                                      Another Guy  3 days back

                                      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...

                                      • Damien's Adventure
                                        Damien's Adventure  3 days back

                                        I like this informative video. :)

                                        • COLLEGE DUDE
                                          COLLEGE DUDE  3 days back

                                          building a wall... something trump likes; not exactly XD

                                          • daLi demo
                                            daLi demo  3 days back

                                            make mexico pay for it

                                            • Fedir Kriviy
                                              Fedir Kriviy  3 days back

                                              Kim Mas is 😍

                                              • Worrywart
                                                Worrywart  3 days back

                                                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  3 days back

                                                  Most of people from NY think walls don’t work...

                                                  • David Dima
                                                    David Dima  3 days back

                                                    "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  3 days back

                                                      I guess walls work huh

                                                      • Sean Bradley
                                                        Sean Bradley  3 days back

                                                        A 5 mile long, 20ft high concrete wall would have such a large carbon footprint it's insane

                                                      • Michael Plessala
                                                        Michael Plessala  3 days back

                                                        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  3 days back

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

                                                          • Etiti Yulolo
                                                            Etiti Yulolo  4 days back

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

                                                            • Yuzu Aihara
                                                              Yuzu Aihara  4 days back

                                                              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  4 days back

                                                                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  4 days back

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

                                                                  • gogzter McAll
                                                                    gogzter McAll  4 days back

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

                                                                    • EricG326
                                                                      EricG326  4 days back

                                                                      How racist of them...

                                                                      • 《I S R A E L》
                                                                        《I S R A E L》  4 days back

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

                                                                        • David W
                                                                          David W  4 days back

                                                                          lol

                                                                          • Wade Wilson
                                                                            Wade Wilson  4 days back

                                                                            So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                                                            • Dragongamer1301
                                                                              Dragongamer1301  4 days back

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

                                                                              • I
                                                                                I  4 days back

                                                                                Trump’s second wall

                                                                                • I
                                                                                  I  4 days back

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

                                                                              • Davis Edwards
                                                                                Davis Edwards  4 days back

                                                                                New York said walls are immoral

                                                                                • Poppie
                                                                                  Poppie  4 days back

                                                                                  hope all people care in

                                                                                  • NADINE K
                                                                                    NADINE K  4 days back

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      HAHA THAT'S KARMA FELLOW HUMANS



                                                                                      WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THROW, BURN, DESTROY MORE.. U LIKE THAT RIGHT?