New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

  • Published: 10 June 2019
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  • Vox
    Vox   7 days back

    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

  • Wes 0608
    Wes 0608  2 minutes back

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

    • David Dima
      David Dima  10 minutes 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  2 hours back

        I guess walls work huh

        • Sean Bradley
          Sean Bradley  3 hours back

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

          • Michael Plessala
            Michael Plessala  3 hours 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  4 hours back

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

              • Etiti Yulolo
                Etiti Yulolo  6 hours back

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

                • Yuzu Aihara
                  Yuzu Aihara  9 hours 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  9 hours 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  13 hours back

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

                      • gogzter McAll
                        gogzter McAll  17 hours back

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

                        • EricG326
                          EricG326  17 hours back

                          How racist of them...

                          • 《I S R A E L》
                            《I S R A E L》  18 hours back

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

                            • David W
                              David W  18 hours back


                              • Wade Wilson
                                Wade Wilson  19 hours back

                                So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                • Dragongamer1301
                                  Dragongamer1301  20 hours back

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

                                  • I
                                    I  20 hours back

                                    Trump’s second wall

                                    • I
                                      I  20 hours back

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

                                  • Davis Edwards
                                    Davis Edwards  21 hours back

                                    New York said walls are immoral

                                    • Poppie
                                      Poppie  23 hours back

                                      hope all people care in

                                      • NADINE K
                                        NADINE K  24 hours 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?

                                          • yb s
                                            yb s  1 days back

                                            water gotta go somewhere tho

                                            • Buffalo Herd
                                              Buffalo Herd  1 days back

                                              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  2 days back

                                                Did New York do environmental studies? Building this wall will kill the yellow striped mosquitos.

                                                • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi

                                                  you guys are talking about billions of dollars when your military spends 600 billion annually

                                                  • m yu
                                                    m yu  2 days back

                                                    02:06 damn

                                                    • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

                                                      Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

                                                      • Ersin Avseren
                                                        Ersin Avseren  2 days back

                                                        Just call the Dutchies back..

                                                        • B ill M iller
                                                          B ill M iller  2 days back

                                                          Build the wall! Lmao

                                                          • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                                                            MayReasonBeThyGuide  2 days back

                                                            NYC: Builds a wall against a rising ocean and claims "Walls don't hold back anything"... Welcome to Sodumbistan

                                                            • Geraint Hughes
                                                              Geraint Hughes  2 days back

                                                              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  2 days back

                                                                But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

                                                                • Es Gee
                                                                  Es Gee  2 days back

                                                                  perfectly appropriate that trump loving staten islanders are finally getting their wall

                                                                  • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                                                    Alvin Ace Trinidad  2 days back

                                                                    in the next 10 years, america will be covered by a huge perimeter wall

                                                                    • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                                                      Alvin Ace Trinidad  2 days back

                                                                      mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

                                                                      • Josephine The Celtic
                                                                        Josephine The Celtic  2 days back

                                                                        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  2 days back

                                                                          BUILD THE WALL!

                                                                          • Woodynic
                                                                            Woodynic  2 days back

                                                                            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.

                                                                            • Dipto Nugroho
                                                                              Dipto Nugroho  2 days back

                                                                              Americans really love walls

                                                                              • Christina Washburn
                                                                                Christina Washburn  2 days back

                                                                                Or stop building housing so close to the water and under sea level

                                                                                • K4x4 Map
                                                                                  K4x4 Map  2 days back

                                                                                  whether it works or not, the idea of trying something is good. hopefully you can use a program to simulate the effects of a wall. sadly as I've stated on other occasions, the (sea) water will only be diverted somewhere else. less cement covering the ground is a great idea, plants trees to soak up natural groundwater. just remember that unless you're using other binders except for water to build this wall, the efforts might last a little while...interesting video...the water in the high hills cuts down valleys to get to sea level (without the required sedimentation load) whilst the sea level is trying to cut up that future wall to get uphill...leaves me to believe that the earth in them there parts is trying to reach a new equilibrium...somehow the interest of obtaining a seaplane rating seems quite the move!

                                                                                  • salvadore sutton
                                                                                    salvadore sutton  3 days back

                                                                                    the sea isnt rising. the ship is sinking

                                                                                    • don't have nickname , don't want true name around

                                                                                      9 feet = 2,7432m
                                                                                      20 feet = 6,096m

                                                                                      • Meme Mine
                                                                                        Meme Mine  3 days back

                                                                                        Al Gore is my shepherd, I shall not think.
                                                                                        He maketh me lie down in Greenzi pastures:
                                                                                        He leadeth me beside his still-freezing waters.
                                                                                        He selleth my soul for CO2:
                                                                                        He leadeth me in his path of his self-righteousness for his own sake.
                                                                                        And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of reason,
                                                                                        I will fear all logic: for thou art with me and thinking for me;
                                                                                        Thy Gore family oil fortune & thy 10,000 square Gorey foot mansion, they comfort me.
                                                                                        Thou preparest a movie in the presence of contradictory evidence:
                                                                                        Thou anointest mine head with nonsense; my mindless conformity runneth over.
                                                                                        Surely blind faith and hysteria shall follow me all the days of the rest of my life
                                                                                        & I will dwell in the house of ALGORE forever.
                                                                                        -Paul Merrifield 1990

                                                                                        • PPG KID
                                                                                          PPG KID  3 days back

                                                                                          Guess what, your president doesn't think climate change/global warning is real. Sooo good luck

                                                                                          • Penny Lane
                                                                                            Penny Lane  3 days back

                                                                                            Save Staten Island! Because... I really like the ferry...

                                                                                            • matt ruggiero
                                                                                              matt ruggiero  3 days back

                                                                                              Yeoooo STATEN island wya