No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events — tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, droughts — are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property. The costs of clean-up and reconstruction are enormous.
Adapting to Climate Change explores the ambitious plans that engineers, scientists, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and community groups around the world are making to deal with future catastrophic events and shifting weather patterns.
This one-hour special is co-hosted by PBS documentarian Rick Karr and IEEE Spectrum’s Susan Hassler, and is part of the Engineers of the New Millennium series.
The program investigates:
- Protecting the coastlines of New York and New Jersey from the next Hurricane Sandy .
- Getting ready for droughts and floods in the Midwest.
- Adapting farming techniques to changing rainfall patterns in Brazil.
- Planning for rising sea levels in Durban, South Africa.
Adapting to Climate Change is produced by IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the National Science Foundation .
This special aired on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10 AM and 8 PM.