Importance of Natural Resources

How To Avoid The Next Atlantis


Over the millennia, city dwellers have found
lots of effective ways to protect themselves against invaders. But the forces of nature
have been harder to keep out, especially because most cities lie along coasts and major waterways.
In 1362, a storm aptly named “The Great Drowning of Men” wiped out a string of European
settlements, killing more than 25,000 people. In the centuries since, low-lying places like
the Netherlands have developed an impressive array of water-defense systems, including
wierden, dikes, ditches, dams, locks, and picturesque water pumps. And in the mid-20th
century, the Dutch began building an ambitious series of storm surge barriers that are among
the largest movable human-made objects in the world today. But with sea levels projected to rise by as
much as a meter in the next 90 years, and three more meters in the following century,
it’s clear that even the efforts of the Dutch won’t be enough. Nor is the Netherlands
alone: cities all over the world face similar threats, not only from rising seas, but also
from warming waters that are brewing stronger, scarier storms. Since keeping all this water out may simply
not be an option, people around the world are getting creative. Inventors in the U.K.
have created thirsty concrete capable of soaking up 600 liters of water per square meter EVERY
minute and funneling it away. Dutch engineers are designing floating homes and shopping
centers that can bob along on rising seas. And who knows…the storm-driven waves that
threaten cities today might one day provide enough energy to power them. Floods of data are changing how cities deal
with storms too, helping model where a storm is most likely to hit and visualizing where
evacuations might need to occur. We’ve also gone back to our roots. Salt
marshes and mangroves in tidal zones can slow the movement of incoming water, reducing wave
heights and total wave energy by more than 50%. Research shows that combining these natural
features with engineered ones could avert hundreds of millions of dollars worth of storm
damage in coastal urban neighborhoods such as New York’s Howard Beach. But so far, cities are far from fully storm-proofed;
we still need to gather more information and develop more solutions to make them as resilient
as possible. It’s a good thing urban areas are innovative hotspots where great ideas
are constantly flowing; they just need to flow out faster than the water can flow in. This MinuteEarth video was sponsored by AXA,
a global insurance company. AXA recently conducted a survey about how cities and businesses worldwide
are adapting to climate-related challenges. If you want to learn more about the results
of this research, visit axa.com/resilience. A big thanks to AXA for supporting MinuteEarth!_


Reader Comments

  1. Do you have any ideas to protect our country from floods and hurricanes? Let me know in the comments.

  2. But it doesn't solve the problem, problem is climate change. And defending our cities from rising water and hotter climate is just fighting with symptoms of global warming. Is't like fighting with cold by wiping nose, yes it may help, but it won't fix the problem. And the problem is global warming, not rise of sea level, which is a symptom.

  3. The world will never flood, because God promised He wouldn’t flood the world again. And God never breaks His promises.

  4. Put long pinhead tunnels in the pavement and roads, then have them linked to each other by a large pit.

  5. GO NEDERLANDS ( only bec im a Nederlander by my self )( evry one who's Nederlands is the pls like my commend and pls reackt!! ) ( my dad is an Amerika man thats why i can speak good einglish )

  6. Nah, after this, global warming will be easy peasy. Water over the world rise? Make big cities to full proof from seas, and make giant tunnel to mountains and hills.
    Maybe in next hundreds of years there will be machine that release oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen (healthy air) from CO2, methane, etc and make CO2 to be another thing that helped humanity. Then we farming animals & plants with cloning and other biogenetics process

  7. There was a drown in my home place Kerala but not in my home town kasragod but I live mostly in Sharjah uae

  8. I think we need to start making buildings suitable for floods in areas where that is a threat. And we can do that. We can even make buildings under water

  9. We dont have a sea.. We are Czech republic, we are in the Heart of Europe..
    MeMe: A girl walking with boy ( faces: Boy face-Czech r. Flag, Girl-Slovakia Flag), and another girl behind them, the Boy Is looking at her ( face: sea )

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