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New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

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Climate change is leading to increasingly violent storms. Can seawalls hold back floods?

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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:

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://www.c2es.org/content/hurricanes-and-climate-change/
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/
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/on-indias-kerala-coast-a-man-made-solution-exacerbates-a-natural-problem/

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