Weathering the Future

NOVA examines how Americans are fighting back against the impacts of extreme weather.



It’s hard not to notice: our weather is changing. From longer, hotter heat waves, to more intense rainstorms, to megafires and multi-year droughts – the U.S. is experiencing the full range of impacts from a changing global climate. But people on the front lines of these destabilizing weather trends around the country are coming up with new ways to adapt to the many challenges they bring. The lessons they're learning today can help all of us adapt in the years ahead, as the planet gets warmer and our weather gets weirder.

NOVA: Weather in Future explores how the weather patterns that have come to govern our ways of living are now shifting as our planet warms, and how communities are finding ways to adapt to the changing climate. The film focuses on five stories, taking viewers to several locations across the country to explore how Americans are fighting back against extreme weather:

  • Oyster shelf reef prevents coastal erosion.Planting drought-tolerant trees and recoating roads
  • Recycling wastewater
  • Prescribed burning
  • No-till farming
  • Building oyster reefs to protect the coast

“The growing impacts made by extreme weather events are challenging communities across the U.S. in a wide variety of ways,” said NOVA Co-Executive Producer Julia Cort. “In Weathering the Future, we’re proud not only to present the science that explains the changing weather, but also to tell the inspiring stories of resilience, innovation, and determination exhibited by American communities as they fight back against the climate crisis.”

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