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New Water Worlds

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Go to: Sunday Sound Adventures Archives

Broadcast: August 8, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
The water is coming. By century’s end, the oceans could be anywhere from 2 to 6 feet higher, threatening millions of people and low-lying property. Miami is drenched routinely already. But humans once knew how to adapt to rising waters. 

Hear stories of threatened cities and treasured historic sites. But also of ancient adaptability: from the First American tribes of the Colusa in South Florida to the inhabitants of ice age Doggerland.

Also hear about modern approaches to staying dry: stilt houses, seawalls, and floating cities.

Listen to this program.