New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

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Vox - 13 days ago
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- Kim
@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.
destiny velasco
destiny velasco - 4 hours ago
you know what we should just build a wall around the whole United states. then we can be on attack on titan.
The Resistance
The Resistance - 5 hours ago
What about offshore wind farms
YesIM mexican
YesIM mexican - 8 hours ago
Nothing comes good out of it when you challenge mother nature.
mike8055 - 12 hours ago
Building walls could make the waves/sea more powerful. Didn't the levees around the Mississippi river get breached because of that? When you try to stop nature, it just gets more aggressive.
Nico_Sama - 12 hours ago
Climate hits back with equal force because that's how physics work.
Jerry Fitness
Jerry Fitness - 16 hours ago
Trump: Did somebody say building a wall??!???
Ilove Chocolate
Ilove Chocolate - 16 hours ago
Why didn't they plant a mangrove forest?
DJ Wise Pariah
DJ Wise Pariah - 20 hours ago
Because, you know, it's not like the water can't just go AROUND the wall.
cesar martinez
cesar martinez - 22 hours ago
Nature: *Hurricane*
Humans: *Wall*
Climate change: Not on my watch! *makes intense hurricanes bigger then before*
Humans: meh
Syd Clark
Syd Clark - Day ago
We live in a massive world, with land that nobody has ever stood on, yet we build on wetlands.
Badr eddin
Badr eddin - Day ago
_So how many walls do you want?_

USA: *Yes*
Herb Tenderson
Herb Tenderson - Day ago
Damn, thank God that the hurricane on September 11th 2001 decided to stop and then go the other way.
Morgan Yoite
Morgan Yoite - Day ago
Make aquaman pay for it
Scarlet Inky
Scarlet Inky - Day ago
I wonder if that was what Trump meant by a great wall
Ryan Rodriguez
Ryan Rodriguez - Day ago
Resiliency is just the newest buzzword of landscape architecture and urban design. Cities need to work. Period. Now, tomorrow, and 100 years from now. Green infrastructure has been around for a while and resiliency is just a different way of saying it
Ryan Rodriguez
Ryan Rodriguez - Day ago
As someone with a masters degree in this area and have done studies on Jamaica bay in New York, I can say that a wall won’t fix anything. The problem with the New York coast is that it 1. Has no protection from storm surge which can be mitigated by land features such as man made sand dunes which would direct water where you want and 2. When water finally enters the land, it takes to long for it to leave. A solution rather than a single wall is creating infrastructure within the actual land rather than the coast for flooding. Infrastructure that will help guide water to a specific destination using the natural topography of the land.
A single wall will only be as good as we can build it and eventually nature will become stronger. Some ideas here were good, but definitely not the wall.
camjamsdad - Day ago
Walls don't work.
Walls are immoral.
colonelmcdoogle - Day ago
That’s very oceanphobic of them.
Pathfinder Hazel
Pathfinder Hazel - 2 days ago
I wonder what the designers of these seawalls think.
Patrick Radcliffe
Patrick Radcliffe - 2 days ago
Build on fill and it starts settling below the water nice try pinning that on global warming.
Thomas Marshall
Thomas Marshall - 2 days ago
All of my cousins and extended family (225 people) live within the 5 Burroughs. I’m from Brooklyn originally. My cousins condo was on Mob Wives when Sandy hit. A boat washed up on the front stairs of her condo and they showed it on that episode. The island got trashed.
Anyway, I know Staten Island well. There is no way to keep the water back unless you put up a wall around the entire island. It’s below sea level in many parts. Putting up a 5 mile stretch of wall is the dumbest thing they could do. It’s just going to go around the damn thing.
Ruben Bronco
Ruben Bronco - 2 days ago
WTF AMERICA, why don’t you use the Metric System wtfff
Sven Lima
Sven Lima - 2 days ago
Build a 1mile high waterproof wall around the USA - and fill it up with water.
Purple Purp
Purple Purp - 2 days ago
So walls work to keep stuff out?
JC Korn
JC Korn - 2 days ago
Something tells me we were nomadic for a reason.....
JC Korn
JC Korn - 2 days ago
I was told they don’t.
S.A anderson
S.A anderson - 3 days ago
Building walls dont solve the problem its just kicking the can down the road
Might Guy
Might Guy - 3 days ago
Scroll down, the comments will not disappoint.
Draw Clearly
Draw Clearly - 4 days ago
Staten Island said: 🧠🚫
Skull - 4 days ago
Walls don’t work
mechadoggy - 4 days ago
What happened to most of the comments?
Boshua Borman
Boshua Borman - 4 days ago
Jesus Christ, why not try and stop the climate change as well?
Boshua Borman
Boshua Borman - 3 days ago
Damn I should've thought about that.
Enuka Pasan
Enuka Pasan - 3 days ago
Maybe cuz Jesus Christ can't stop climate change ?
Brass - 4 days ago
Humans: *Builds cities on wetlands*

Nature: *Hurricane*

Humans" "wHy Is ThErE fLoOdInG????"
Logan Butcher
Logan Butcher - 4 days ago
Donald Trump would approve
Soleon - 4 days ago
what is it with america and its obsession with building walls to solve its problems
Livovian Order Mapping
Livovian Order Mapping - 4 days ago
Tsunami: **im gonna end this whole man’s career**
Countryman99 Rhec
Countryman99 Rhec - 4 days ago
They just admitted that walls work so why don't they want to agree that the wall on the southern border would work
Countryman99 Rhec
Countryman99 Rhec - 3 days ago
@Pierce ya man
Pierce - 3 days ago
Countryman99 Rhec you must be joking, right?
Der Headbanger
Der Headbanger - 5 days ago
Do we all agree that fixing the symptoms is way more important than fixing the cause?
Rafael Palacio
Rafael Palacio - 5 days ago
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 - 5 days ago
Nah, we'll make OCEAN PAYING FOR IT!
Ronald Cates
Ronald Cates - 5 days ago
Global Warming is a Hoax . . . Period 🔴
cd - 5 days ago
They preparing for invasion :P
J Squad Vlogs
J Squad Vlogs - 5 days ago
Just drain the water and move it somewhere else . . . Duh 🙄
kakuella - 5 days ago
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 - 5 days ago
Is the ocean paying for it?
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 - 6 days ago
Why do people live next to the ocean and complain about hurricanes?
Another Guy
Another Guy - 6 days ago
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...
Plus - 3 days ago
What climate change 🤣
Damien's Adventure
Damien's Adventure - 6 days ago
I like this informative video. :)
COLLEGE DUDE - 6 days ago
building a wall... something trump likes; not exactly XD
daLi demo
daLi demo - 6 days ago
make mexico pay for it
Fedir Kriviy
Fedir Kriviy - 6 days ago
Kim Mas is 😍
Worrywart - 6 days ago
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 - 6 days ago
Most of people from NY think walls don’t work...
David Dima
David Dima - 6 days ago
"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 - 6 days ago
I guess walls work huh
Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley - 6 days ago
A 5 mile long, 20ft high concrete wall would have such a large carbon footprint it's insane
Activist Voor Rechten Van Kaas
still better than drowning
Michael Plessala
Michael Plessala - 6 days ago
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 - 6 days ago
Created the city on wetlands (occupied)
Now eager to stop the ocean.
Nature avenges in weird ways.
Etiti Yulolo
Etiti Yulolo - 6 days ago
as if a wall can do anything to stop the water...
Yuzu Aihara
Yuzu Aihara - 7 days ago
In situation like these, people who claim to have a solution tend to choose the easiest and most convenient option; erect a wall.
SuperKing604 - 7 days ago
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 - 7 days ago
every New Yorker would say to Trump that walls don't work hmmmmm
gogzter McAll
gogzter McAll - 7 days ago
Aw aye when these lots harp on about how bad building a wall is. Now they want one
EricG326 - 7 days ago
How racist of them...
《I S R A E L》
《I S R A E L》 - 7 days ago
This is racist against the Ocean, we should be building bridges not walls
David W
David W - 7 days ago
Wade Wilson
Wade Wilson - 7 days ago
So you’re telling me Walls work?
Dragongamer1301 - 7 days ago
Why dont you just drink all the water instead of building a wall. Smh
I - 7 days ago
Trump’s second wall
I - 7 days ago
Why don’t they build a wall in the most hurricane hit States like Florida
Davis Edwards
Davis Edwards - 7 days ago
New York said walls are immoral
Poppie - 7 days ago
hope all people care in
NADINE K - 7 days ago
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

Buffalo Herd
Buffalo Herd - 8 days ago
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 - 8 days ago
Did New York do environmental studies? Building this wall will kill the yellow striped mosquitos.
Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi
Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi - 8 days ago
you guys are talking about billions of dollars when your military spends 600 billion annually
m yu
m yu - 8 days ago
02:06 damn
Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?
Ersin Avseren
Ersin Avseren - 8 days ago
Just call the Dutchies back..
B ill M iller
B ill M iller - 8 days ago
Build the wall! Lmao
Geraint Hughes
Geraint Hughes - 8 days ago
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 - 8 days ago
But I thought walls don’t work!🤔
Es Gee
Es Gee - 8 days ago
perfectly appropriate that trump loving staten islanders are finally getting their wall
Alvin Ace Trinidad
Alvin Ace Trinidad - 8 days ago
in the next 10 years, america will be covered by a huge perimeter wall
Alvin Ace Trinidad
Alvin Ace Trinidad - 8 days ago
mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall
Josephine The Celtic
Josephine The Celtic - 8 days ago
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 - 8 days ago
Woodynic - 8 days ago
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 - 8 days ago
Americans really love walls
Christina Washburn
Christina Washburn - 8 days ago
Or stop building housing so close to the water and under sea level
K4x4 Map
K4x4 Map - 9 days ago
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 - 9 days ago
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 - 9 days ago
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 - 9 days ago
Guess what, your president doesn't think climate change/global warning is real. Sooo good luck
Penny Lane
Penny Lane - 9 days ago
Save Staten Island! Because... I really like the ferry...
matt ruggiero
matt ruggiero - 9 days ago
Yeoooo STATEN island wya
peter jakoncic
peter jakoncic - 9 days ago
people shoudnt live where theyre not supposed to live, for example wetlands...
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