Climate study show that by 2050, 37% of lower Manhattan will be at risk of storm surge. By 2100, it’ll increase to 50% of the area. To fortify one of the financial capitals of the world, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to “climate-proof lower Manhattan” by expanding the coastline and creating a barrier around the lower part of the island. MetroFocus asks what engineers, environmentalists and economists are thinking about this ambitious plan.
There’s more to learn about NYC’s resiliency plan against rising seas in our episode of Sinking Cities: New York.