Jakarta’s Giant Seawall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

Late last week, president Joko Widodo of Indonesia told the AP that he’s fast-tracking a decade-in-the-making plan for a giant seawall around Jakarta, a city that’s sinking as much as 8 inches a year in places—and as seas rise, no less. Models predict that by 2050, a third of the city could be submerged. It’s […]

SEA WATER DEVOURING LAND AT SIDMOUTH IN EAST DEVON AT THE CLIFFS

Fighting a losing battle with the elements A row of a dozen houses perched on cliffs at Sidmouth in east Devon are losing their yard space to the sea. Martin McInerney, 82, has lost 20m (65ft) of his garden in the 20 years he has lived there and expects the cliff to be at his […]

Jakarta Is Building a Gigantic Bird-Shaped Seawall

  The “Great Garuda” seawall will be shaped like Indonesia’s national symbol—a mythical, birdlike creature. Parts of Jakarta, Indonesia are sinking more quickly than Venice, and Reuters reports that the city has lost 13 feet of elevation over the past 30 years. That would be a huge problem even if Jakarta weren’t home to nearly ten million Indonesians. But […]