New York is building a wall to hold back the sea

Global warming is leading to steadily savage storms. Can seawalls hold back floods?

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Staten Island very recently received financing for an almost 5-mile-long seawall to guard its coast. But the plan raises quite a lot of questions. We are residing in a dangerously dynamic world: Hurricanes are getting worse, wildfires are rampant in California, intensive heat is dissolving streets in India, and ocean levels continue to increase. Will a wall truly be enough to guard our coastal towns?

Alissa Walker from Curbed spoke to us about how it is too late to stop the changing weather, but not too late to change how we dwell on infrastructure.

Check out some further perusing from our sibling site, Curbed.com:

https://www.curbed.com/2017/2/15/14616928/trump-nasa-climate-change-california
https://ny.curbed.com/2019/4/25/18515213/staten-island-usace-seawall-climate-change-photo-essay

For more research and climate-related content:

https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-seawalls/seven-years-after-tsunami-japanese-live-uneasily-with-seawalls-idUSKCN1GL0DK

And for more on seawalls:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/after-a-14-billion-upgrade-new-orleans-levees-are-sinking/

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11 Comments:

  1. 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

    • We aren’t going to affect the constantly changing climate if we don’t embrace new nuclear plants. Build thorium reactors now. Build fusion reactors tomorrow. Use excess power to harvest and store CO2.

  2. We’re going to build a sea wall and we’re going to make the fishes pay for it!

  3. Time to move hither ground see wall and very very good luck

  4. But ya’ll said that walls don’t work.

  5. The Dutch coming back to the land they traded to build walls against water

  6. But I thought that walls didn’t work?

  7. I believe records show that the east coast lands are actually sinking!

  8. ICCP reports say there is no info to show that extreme weather is getting worse!

  9. LMAO WALLS WORK

  10. America: How do we make the illegal fish immigrants stop coming

    Trump: *build a frickin wall*

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