Years of Living Dangerously: Gathering Storm & The Uprooted (E11&12)
Episode 2 (11), November 3, 2019 “Gathering Storm” Jack Black explores how Miami and other low-lying coastal areas can survive rising sea-levels caused by climate change. Although the political and business community is largely in denial, and many locals are unaware of the cause of the increasing flooding, he finds a few legislators, residents, activists and scientists racing to solve the problem before disaster strikes. Ian Somerhalder travels to the Bahamas where he looks at historical evidence and explores a blue hole, diving and taking core samples of the ocean floor with scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to learn how the warming of the oceans’ surface will increase the strength and destructiveness of hurricanes and superstorms.
Episode 3 (12), “The Uprooted” In Africa, Thomas Friedman finds an increasing population of refugees fleeing wars, rising sea-levels, desertification and hurricanes, as up to 1 billion people are expected to become climate refugees over the next century. Young men left without the prospect of farming are more likely to join extremist groups. Don Cheadle explores how governor Jerry Brown is fighting both climate change and the historic California drought. A Central Valley scientist, James S. Famiglietti, shows Cheadle the danger of a global water and food crisis, and he observes the problems that climate change is causing for farm families with no crops.