How To Avoid The Next Atlantis

How To Avoid The Next Atlantis

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Image Credits:

Oahu Hawaii – Cristo Vlahos

Port of Cape Town – Wikimedia user SkyPixels

Hong Kong – Wikimedia user WiNG

Perth Australia – Public Domain

Maeslantkering closed –

Hartelkering gesloten – Wikimedia user Quistnix

Oosterscheldekering-pohled – Vladimír Šiman

Haringvlietdam 2006 – Wikimedia user Quistnix

Jakarta’s flooded streets – VOA Indonesian Service (Public Domain)

Hurricane Patricia – NOAA,_2015,_GOES-15_visible_animation.gif

Permeable “Thirsty” concrete – Tarmac Ltd

Floating Utility Unit – DeltaSync/Blue21

Rijnhavenpark – DeltaSync/Blue21

Tracks and Storms – Robert Allison

NYC Hurricane Evacuation Map – City of New York

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20 Responses

  1. BrettG17 says:

    Either we ditch war and Snapchat and start racing to Star Trek levels of
    technology, or our only home is going to consume us
    This whole channel is proof of that

  2. Zaber Ansary Extras says:

    We can take water to the sky. It will freeze at some point. Then put them
    Back to North and South Pole.

  3. SoRazyy says:

    OPINION: The background music is a liiiittle too loud. If you can cut it
    down a little it would make the video better.
    Great video though!

  4. Pseudonym Persona says:

    Times sure have changed they used to call them invaders now they call them

  5. Erik Acosta says:

    The ball that was moving up and down to harness energy from the ocean
    waves. What would that be called?

  6. Jairo Mancera says:

    lol i was learning about how antartica is gonna screw everyone over haha

  7. Iamparking says:

    wait what happen to the narrator??? male to female

  8. codediporpal says:

    Just think how awesome it will be to be a scuba diver in the year 3000.

  9. ChillDude says:

    City in a dome under water, and city flying in the sky. Someone likes

  10. Zenn says:

    Why don’t we just put all the water in California?

  11. becca says:

    0:25 that pronunciation lol

  12. OfficialWindwraith77 says:

    Why is the rise in water level only recorded on a few areas?

  13. Ev an says:

    meanwhile, aquaman waits until someone calls for his help in the rising

  14. Patrick Melody says:

    Nobody in a coastal city will take flooding seriously until it’s such an
    immediate threat, that no amount of money can fix the problem. This is just
    how rich people roll… and drown… throughout history.

  15. randomripstiker says:

    Fuck yeah Perth 0:10

  16. Tilnaor says:

    At which point will we realize that the Earth is a complex system with it’s
    gained balance, and everything what we’ve done with that, has got the
    consequences, and if we don’t eliminate the main reason, the things get
    worse? In other words: when do they notice that we should stop or we will

  17. Titty Mcgee says:

    I had a teacher once tell me never to build castles in the sky. That was
    the day I gave up on being an ambitious engineer forever. Fuck you
    professor green.

  18. Erik Beuk says:

    in Holland we don’t see a problem we see a challenge

  19. Jesse van Hoorn says:

    so my dut h ass aint safe?

  20. Volbla says:

    That concrete was psychedelic.