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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?
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  • Vox
    Vox   2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    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

    • LONNIE DOBBINS
      LONNIE DOBBINS  หลายเดือนก่อน

      @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 วันที่ผ่านมา

        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  3 วันที่ผ่านมา

          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
            Lumberjack king the great  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

            Too keep out the water Mexicans

            • Ivan Devčić
              Ivan Devčić  5 วันที่ผ่านมา

              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  6 วันที่ผ่านมา

                Racist

                • jon silveira
                  jon silveira  7 วันที่ผ่านมา

                  wall street

                  • Nathaniel Turner
                    Nathaniel Turner  11 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                    • Steven Ratti
                      Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                      • Dearon Tufankjian
                        Dearon Tufankjian  11 วันที่ผ่านมา

                        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  12 วันที่ผ่านมา

                          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  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                            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 -  14 วันที่ผ่านมา

                              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  16 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                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  18 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                                  • trok 13
                                    trok 13  11 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                    @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  11 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                      @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  25 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                                        • Lawke
                                          Lawke  26 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                          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
                                            André Yuri Vicente de Pádua  27 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                            Sid Mier's Civilization VI INTENSIFFIES

                                            • Meme Master
                                              Meme Master  27 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                                              • Steven Ratti
                                                Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                If only it were that easy.

                                                • Mateja Saric
                                                  Mateja Saric  29 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                  ooohhh boyyy more wallssss

                                                  • Deepak
                                                    Deepak  29 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                    2:08 thank me later

                                                    • all for one
                                                      all for one  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                      • Throwaway1234
                                                        Throwaway1234  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                        • Steven Ratti
                                                          Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                          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  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                            call the netherlands

                                                            • The Blue Gamer
                                                              The Blue Gamer  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                              Attack on Water

                                                              • J G P
                                                                J G P  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                why did it exacerbate problems in india?

                                                                • Risick
                                                                  Risick  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                  Coastal states: AAAAAAAAAAH Me: laughs in midwest

                                                                  • killer 1560
                                                                    killer 1560  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                    • Gaius von Bonaparte
                                                                      Gaius von Bonaparte  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                      New york is ocean phobic!

                                                                      • Macbasil
                                                                        Macbasil  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                        • Steven Ratti
                                                                          Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                                                                          • Robby D
                                                                            Robby D  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                            Aren't walls bad?

                                                                            • Steven Ratti
                                                                              Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

                                                                              • Thomas McDonald
                                                                                Thomas McDonald  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                Its racist don't build it

                                                                                • anita shirazi
                                                                                  anita shirazi  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                  • lollYpoppY234
                                                                                    lollYpoppY234  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                    • Khalid Abdulghani
                                                                                      Khalid Abdulghani  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                      • noah
                                                                                        noah  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                        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  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                          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  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                            Don't watch this video when you high

                                                                                            • Noel Lopez
                                                                                              Noel Lopez  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                              • Big Yellow Lemon
                                                                                                Big Yellow Lemon  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                So walls work?

                                                                                                • Steven Ratti
                                                                                                  Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                  Only when they are put in place for Real reasons.

                                                                                                  • 64786 Lamar
                                                                                                    64786 Lamar  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                                    • Anurag Rawat
                                                                                                      Anurag Rawat  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                                      • SeeingFyre
                                                                                                        SeeingFyre  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                                        • Colby DeBerry
                                                                                                          Colby DeBerry  หลายเดือนก่อน

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

                                                                                                          • Steven Ratti
                                                                                                            Steven Ratti  4 วันที่ผ่านมา

                                                                                                            Better to do both.

                                                                                                            • Hi Breed
                                                                                                              Hi Breed  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                              Being that 90% of the planet is sea 🌊

                                                                                                              • livia
                                                                                                                livia  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                only 71%

                                                                                                                • Hi Breed
                                                                                                                  Hi Breed  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                  Maybe wall to keep out a invasion

                                                                                                                  • Hi Breed
                                                                                                                    Hi Breed  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                    Sea wall , what a joke

                                                                                                                    • Annika H.
                                                                                                                      Annika H.  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                      yay another wall

                                                                                                                      • Hudson D
                                                                                                                        Hudson D  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                        this is why we need to go green

                                                                                                                        • Christino Sim
                                                                                                                          Christino Sim  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                          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  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                            • John Lee Bass
                                                                                                                              John Lee Bass  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                              Let nature take its course! We deserve to be removed! 🌎 😥

                                                                                                                              • Kelvin Birmingham
                                                                                                                                Kelvin Birmingham  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                Maybe New York City should just move inland.

                                                                                                                                • Amir Mili
                                                                                                                                  Amir Mili  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                  My mom says Any one can't stop the ocean or water and That what takes the water you can't get it

                                                                                                                                  • windows 97 ャ陰ぜ
                                                                                                                                    windows 97 ャ陰ぜ  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                    missed an opportunity for a james bay joke ;-;

                                                                                                                                    • LazySkull
                                                                                                                                      LazySkull  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                      Flood water or a big wave ESPECIALLY A TSUNAMI would destroy that wall with ease. Water is very powerful. A bucket of water can destroy a car.

                                                                                                                                      • Veritaserum
                                                                                                                                        Veritaserum  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                        What is it with New Yokers and building walls??

                                                                                                                                        • livia
                                                                                                                                          livia  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                          I dont know what a New Yoker is but New Yorkers plan this wall to protect their families and properties they work for

                                                                                                                                          • steamship mercantile
                                                                                                                                            steamship mercantile  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                            Spending money on a wall rather than spending money to stop climate change Once again, America at its finest

                                                                                                                                            • Sherwin Eliscar
                                                                                                                                              Sherwin Eliscar  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                              They better!!!! Now I’m gonna finish watching the video 😂

                                                                                                                                              • Oscar Rivas
                                                                                                                                                Oscar Rivas  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                So walls aren’t so bad after all....

                                                                                                                                                • strange boi
                                                                                                                                                  strange boi  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                  Whats up with the U.S with walls

                                                                                                                                                  • strange boi
                                                                                                                                                    strange boi  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                    *the ocean will pay for it*

                                                                                                                                                    • Nick
                                                                                                                                                      Nick  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                      Imagine you made this video for a school project. What grade would they get?

                                                                                                                                                      • Terry Walker
                                                                                                                                                        Terry Walker  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                        Galveston's seawall was built after the Hurricane of 1900. So? I don't know maybe barking up the wrong tree on this one.

                                                                                                                                                        • Anthony N
                                                                                                                                                          Anthony N  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                          Instead of building walls.. Why not take care of nature to prevent climate change?

                                                                                                                                                          • Wheels N Meals
                                                                                                                                                            Wheels N Meals  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                            There is a plant called Mangrove...it may help... for Kerala as wall a New York...

                                                                                                                                                            • Steven Sanchez
                                                                                                                                                              Steven Sanchez  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                              Reminds me of blade runner 2049

                                                                                                                                                              • Menachem Rubinstein
                                                                                                                                                                Menachem Rubinstein  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                Who would’ve thought building a wall solves a problem.

                                                                                                                                                                • Midgard Eagle
                                                                                                                                                                  Midgard Eagle  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                  Drumpf on phone: Yo, Mexico, got another bill for you.

                                                                                                                                                                  • Arthur Lecomte
                                                                                                                                                                    Arthur Lecomte  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                    The Dutch built ocean walls before it was cool

                                                                                                                                                                    • Satish Raut
                                                                                                                                                                      Satish Raut  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                      Why to use the money to help our cities survive disaster s if we can use the same money to curb climate change?

                                                                                                                                                                      • Ngawang Kalden
                                                                                                                                                                        Ngawang Kalden  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                        Attack on ocean. Coming soon......

                                                                                                                                                                        • Sumit Chand
                                                                                                                                                                          Sumit Chand  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                          Not a solution

                                                                                                                                                                          • Lynn Hua
                                                                                                                                                                            Lynn Hua  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                            man-made wall vs. the INEVITABLE FORCE OF NATURE mm... seems legit

                                                                                                                                                                            • Godzilla Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
                                                                                                                                                                              Godzilla Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                              Wall is racist or should we say in this case , oceanist , we should welcome the ocean water . Walls don't work . hey hey ho ho !

                                                                                                                                                                              • R K
                                                                                                                                                                                R K  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                                Vox: How sea walls are racist.

                                                                                                                                                                                • ADAM GENESIS
                                                                                                                                                                                  ADAM GENESIS  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                                  ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 5

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Adabud
                                                                                                                                                                                    Adabud  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                                    Keep the Illegal water out! XD

                                                                                                                                                                                    • spikeymikey222
                                                                                                                                                                                      spikeymikey222  หลายเดือนก่อน

                                                                                                                                                                                      Always build the wall higher than what you think.