June 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

Tonight, MetroFocus airs “NYC Rising,” a Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change special. Peril and Promise is a multi-platform public media initiative reporting on the human stories of climate change as well as scientific innovation and resiliency solutions.

Find out how one storm could destroy New York City’s main food supply, and see the steps the Hunts Point food distribution center in the South Bronx is taking to ensure it doesn’t happen. How do we communicate when disaster strikes? Find out about the local community leaders in Red Hook, Brooklyn who are using tactics like installing a solar-powered Wi-Fi network to prepare. A new way of cooling homes means “Passive Houses” stay at a comfortable 70 degrees without any active heating or cooling system. Meet the architect that designs them and the homeowners that live in them. BlocPower, an innovative startup, is using solar panels to bring green power to those who need it most, block by block. See how this will change the way we generate and distribute power. The Whitney Museum of American Art is protecting its priceless art collection against major storm events and massive flooding with an innovative and fortress-like building, one of the most flood-resilient structures in New York.

Aired on April 19 amd June 15, 2018.

Peril and Promise is an ongoing series of reports on the human impact of, and solutions for, Climate Change. Lead funding for Peril and Promise is provided by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and Diana T. Vagelos. Major support is provided by Marc Haas Foundation and Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III.