FIU documentary on sea rise to air on WPBT2 Wednesday


Miami Herald Staff

Discussions of climate change — a subject of profound importance for South Florida — are often hijacked by deniers or doomsayers.

A half-hour documentary produced by two communications professors at Florida International University aims to cut through the extremist hype.

South Florida’s Rising Seas, which aired for the first time last week and will air again next week on WPBT2, presents a just-the-facts look at the challenges facing South Florida and the increasingly expensive steps already being taken by cities and counties to deal with slowly but inevitably rising tides.

The documentary — produced by Kate MacMillin, an FIU professor and TV producer, and Juliet Pinto, an associate professor — lays out the data and features interviews with more than a dozen experts on sea level rise, from professors to water managers to city engineers installing a $200 million drainage system intended to keep Miami Beach from future flooding.

The documentary will be followed by a recorded round-table discussion including several of the experts in the documentary. It will air 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

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