The problems with rebuilding beaches How 156 years of British rule shaped 2 days ago   06:37

Beach nourishment is the latest chapter in a never-ending tale of erosion.

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About 80 to 90 percent of sandy beaches along America's coastlines are eroding. This is a problem because the developments humans build near them are static. So as beaches shrink, coastal hazards can threaten to damage or destroy homes and businesses while negatively impacting tourism that depends on the beach.

The most popular strategy to counter these risks is a process called beach nourishment. Coastal engineers will add new sand to an eroding beach in order to rebuild or expand the shoreline.
Watch the video above to learn more about how beach nourishments can help defend the coast but are problematic as a long-term solution.

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Beaches aren't the only area where economic disparities are hurting communities. Check out our video on how "levee wars" are making flooding worse:
flip flop joe
The army corps of engineers is the problem! They keep making more mistakes while never fixing the ones they've made already!
lucky to live in England. The beaches there have been there pretty much forever
Kaytlin Justis
THIS is why you don't build near shorelines! The earth changes ALL THE TIME!
Frank Harrod
Simple: those who benefit from tourist dollars should pay to maintain their beaches. Why should the rest of us subsidize them? That just makes the problem worse. Soon they'll all be underwater anyway because we can't stop burning fossil fuel. Stupid humans.
Emilee Heid
I live in Jensen Beach Fl and we just had our beach nourished last summer
Blu Pyxi
Stop building so close to the coast line. They get what they deserve.
Rex InFx
Stop building on the coast shores then.. dumbasses
The east coast is sinking, thought they would’ve figured that out already.
So the earth is flat?
Michael Richter
Look at Marco Island Florida. It's a success story and it's been over 25 years since the last project. The beach keeps growing and growing. In fact in an area that once had a seawall with waves breaking over it, you now must walk nearly a quarter mile to reach the water.
Fake news
ebass and ukulele
beach nourishment--> ships and bulldozers put more sand in the beach. tries to help against risky erosion.
Francis Lim
Building Leevee or groyne walls prevent the waves from stealing away beach sands.
Yet another problem caused by humans settling where they shouldn't.
I stayed there once
Pedro Henrique
im glad im in bazil, we don need this stuff... lol
Vincent Gonzalez
we need to rebuild the systems that build beaches
Jameson Schwartz
Supply and Demand. If you want communism move to Venezuela
Tai Thang Cong
Can't they take sand from dessert or something
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How 156 years of British rule shaped The problems with rebuilding beaches 2 days ago   09:36

Hong Kong has British DNA.
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Even though Britain gave Hong Kong back to China 21 years ago, today when you walk around the city you can see British fingerprints everywhere. From statues of Queen Victoria to double decker buses, British culture and lifestyle is baked into the culture at every turn.

Both the history and the current-day British influence are visually fascinating stories and in this episode I show it all -- exploring Britain’s imperial history, which includes opioid trade, discrimination and a divided city, and then showing the effects of that history, resulting in a city that is unlike any I’ve visited.

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