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Will A Flying Dutchman Save New York?

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This Planet is a series of 90-second video stories that draw on the best new videos, awesome graphics, and surprising facts about climate, energy and innovation.

Will A Flying Dutchman Save New York?

Frank Bozzo

400 years ago the Dutch pulled dry land from the sea, using ingenious wind-driven pumps and water channels. Today, the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dyke is facing a new era of rising tides. So he’s expanding canals and creating side channels for all the extra water.

The Dutch earn over 16 billion Euros a year managing water worldwide. So when Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012 with a 70 billion dollar repair bill, they called a Dutchman.

In coming years, artificial islands will protect the Long Island coast. And public spaces will circle the Manhattan waterfront – complete with slide-down panels, for when things get nasty.

See more at This Planet Chronicle: Innovations Everywhere

 

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