How Trump's border wall would disrupt nature

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  • Published on:  Friday, April 13, 2018
  • The environmental impact of border walls, explained.Read more about the border wall's effect on wildlife here: we talk about the consequences of the proposed wall at the border of the US and Mexico, we usually think in terms of people. But along the political divide are rich pockets of biodiversity, with dwindling populations of species that rely on the ability to move back and forth across the border. Under the 2005 REAL ID act, the Department of Homeland Security doesn't have to comply with various environmental laws that might otherwise slow or halt construction in a sensitive area. Laws like the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — none of those apply to border wall construction. Several parcels of land, including the National Butterfly Center, a state park, and other areas in the federal wildlife refuge system — are still threatened by wall construction. It could still be years before construction starts in some of these areas — but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the full impact of barriers on biodiversity. Subscribe to our channel! Design is a new Vox video series about the intersection of design and technology, hosted by Christophe Haubursin. Stay tuned for more, and check out Christophe's most recent work exploring design in our Vox + 99% Invisible collaboration: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


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  • Salokin
    Salokin  a years ago +105

    Problem: you're thinking these people care about nature at all

  • Prince Righty I
    Prince Righty I  a years ago +1247

    When a 30-foot tall wall is erected, there will be a large market for 31- foot ladders 😂

  • DIY Kitty Kimi
    DIY Kitty Kimi  a years ago +823

    No not the ocelot 😢

  • qsdfcvgyjmkl
    qsdfcvgyjmkl  a years ago +719

    Before people try to get political, please remember that this video is not about politics. It's about conservation of species not part of the US or Mexico, and they do not deserve to be attacked. This is a man vs nature scenario, not US vs Mexico or Left vs Right. Please keep that in mind when watching this video!

  • PoDH
    PoDH  a years ago +516

    And the best/worst part is it use tax payer money for something that won't stop the problem, it won't even make a dent in the problem.

  • Parvati Nair
    Parvati Nair  a years ago +615

    There are just so many reasons NOT to have the wall.. cost, effectiveness and now environmental damage. Why do people still support it??? People have literally proved it is not going to help IN ANY WAY.

  • drink15
    drink15  a years ago +465

    No wall can stop a ladder. No wall is deep enough to stop a tunnel.

  • Pingu 42
    Pingu 42  a years ago +389

    Good thing trump can never actually get the wall built.

  • Joe T
    Joe T  a years ago +616

    So much common sense in this video

  • Van Hendrix
    Van Hendrix  a years ago +944

    How effective can border walls stretching thousands of miles be? Ladders would be very effective. And you'd have to deal with sabotage, so the cost of maintenance would be high

  • Jakob Schulze
    Jakob Schulze  a years ago +6

    Walls are a great idea.
    Greetings from Berlin Germany.
    (For those not getting it, this is sarcasm)

  • Dhanuj C S
    Dhanuj C S  a years ago +323

    Trump was clearly not thinking through this.

  • Zute
    Zute  a years ago +271

    The Chinese Built a wall... they still got invaded. Maybe USA should look to history to realize this will not work.

  • sayreal
    sayreal  a years ago +10

    Trump was bluffing and it wasnt on Simpsons so its not true

  • ian sorensen
    ian sorensen  a years ago +5

    border walls keep the those sneaky grievers from stealing my diamonds.

  • Chris Young
    Chris Young  a years ago +8

    plot twist: animals have political borders and mans border wall is thier Berlin Wall

  • Mayank
    Mayank  a years ago +9

    Border series is back!!!?? JOHNNY!!!

  • Jayson Turcios
    Jayson Turcios  a years ago +8

    Hahahah you think the United States or Mexico care about the animals all they are about is money😂😂😂

  • MaroonWizard
    MaroonWizard  6 months ago +2

    Trump add
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