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Amid increasing threat from climate change, New York prepares for rising waters

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New York - a metropolis surrounded by water - is increasingly under threat from rising tides caused by climate change, with whole neighbourhoods ravaged by Hurricane Sandy six years ago. FRANCE 24's Jessica Le Masurier reports.

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This coming spring the City of New York will start the construction of the BIG U – a protective system to prevent flooding in Lower Manhattan.

"We need to create a barrier above the height of the future flood," said Simon David, one of the architects behind the project. "It changes according to the specific conditions along Manhattan. "Sometimes it's a levy, sometimes it's a wall, sometimes it's a gate which can go up and down so roads can go through it. But in effect, they combine to create a continuous barrier to the ocean."

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