🌏 earthrise - Dutch Aquatecture: Lessons from Holland on fighting 1 day ago   08:35

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The Netherlands is one of the lowest lying countries in the world. Over one-quarter of the nation lives below sea level. As sea levels rise, the Dutch are preparing for the worst. Engineer David van Raalten is constructing new sea walls as part of a huge programme to eradicate weak links in the country's coastal protection. But a growing number of urban planners and architects believe that as well as fighting rising sea levels it's time to find ways to live with the water. Koen Olthuis calls himself an 'aquatect', an architect who uses water to help improve the design of a city and work with rising sea levels. He has created over 100 floating houses in the Netherlands in the past 12 years, ranging from apartments to luxury villas but believes his technology can also make a big difference to people in poorer countries who are most vulnerable to rising seas. Russell Beard travels to the Dutch coast to see how the Netherlands is engineering a future on the water.

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Tsunami, Tsunami came washing over me!
Robert Craane
I start to become a fan of Al Jazeera.. always so truthful and honest! Really a highlight in journalism!
Dont they have many bugs ??
Suchet Deol - Cheyne MS (1494)
Henk Oosterink
Haha, those floating houses are just a gimmick.
Joe Leanna Luceño
what materials do they use?
Although we Dutch have by far the safest delta in the world, we cannot afford any more dike breaches financially. The year 1995 that The Betuwe went under water and 140.000 people and animals had to be evacuated, it costed 1 billion euro! Safety is standardized, the risks have been identified. There's always a remainder risk: if tomorrow a cometh splashes in the Atlantic Ocean, we'll go under
The future of engineering is finding ways to make existing houses 'aqua houses'. Just amazing and oh, so inspiring :-)
vera Change
amazing :D
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Lessons from Holland on fighting 🌏 earthrise - Dutch Aquatecture: 1 day ago   06:55

Windmills are more than just a traditional part of the Dutch landscape; they have played a key role in the war Holland has waged against the sea for centuries. Today the Dutch are using ever-more innovative methods to combat rising sea levels, strategies that may also benefit other nations confronting the effects of climate change. Martha Teichner reports. Originally broadcast on May 21, 2017.

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