Higher Ground Climate change is already here. On Long Island, communities must prepare, and people find ways to adapt to rising tides and extreme weather that threatens America's first suburbs. Higher Ground tells the stories of these communities exploring solutions that may or may not give them the best chance at survival and help save the places millions of people call home. Or they may discover that the only way forward for suburban America is retreating from the sea. Hosted and reported by J.D. Allen. Support comes from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and the Kavli Foundation.
Higher Ground

Higher Ground

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Climate change is already here. On Long Island, communities must prepare, and people find ways to adapt to rising tides and extreme weather that threatens America's first suburbs. Higher Ground tells the stories of these communities exploring solutions that may or may not give them the best chance at survival and help save the places millions of people call home. Or they may discover that the only way forward for suburban America is retreating from the sea. Hosted and reported by J.D. Allen. Support comes from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and the Kavli Foundation.

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 8: If The Beach Goes, We Go

Nature will eventually take its course — with our help or without it. If we are going to choose to live by the coast, the future will remain uncertain. So, for now we replenish the beach and lift houses to save the places where millions of people call home.

Episode 7: It's Time To Talk

Millionaires in the Hamptons may have the resources for the fight against the effects of climate change, but other communities more disproportionately impacted by sea level rise and other climate issues might not have the means to find higher ground. Part of the problem is connecting their every day observations to climate science.

Episode 6: Canaries In The Coal Mine

Some of our feathered friends are endangered and other seasonal birdwatching favorites might not stick around much longer unless humans become better neighbors to wildlife.

Episode 5: What's The Buzz?

A day at the winery shows how Long Island agriculture is changing. As sea level rises, the health of the land where crops are grown is at risk. Farmers will try ancient techniques to ward off climate change.

Episode 4: A Modest Proposal

Sea level rise threatens many popular Long Island downtowns. A seemingly crazy plan to move Main Street in the Hamptons could be a first, but surely it's an impossible task to move so much history ... and a rich tourism industry?

Episode 3: There's Something In The Water

Climate-resilient infrastructure can help turn the tide against pollution. Baymen also want to keep waterways clean with nature's filters — shellfish. It's going to take many mollusks to outweigh the damage humans have done.

Episode 2: Lights Out

Hundred-year storms now topple Long Island's power system every few years. We trace the electric grid to find ways to become more climate resilient.

Episode 1: We Are Coastal People

The historic bay houses of the Great South Bay speak to a long tradition of living by the water. Their designs contain forgotten knowledge for post-storm recovery and draft a rough plan for today's rising sea level: finding higher ground.

A Sneak Preview Of Higher Ground Podcast

Climate change isn't a far off problem any more: It's happening in your neighborhood.