It is astonishing that a series of this importance has only been reviewed twice. While some people are presumably still putting their faith in solar panels, the reality is that many cities--especially coastal ones--are already facing existential challenges from climate change and are of necessity doing something about it.
This series is very well presented and draws on a number of planners and academics to provide insight into what is going on in London, Miami, NY and Tokyo. The visuals are stunning, both above and below ground.
The documentaries--each about 50 minutes--focus on different aspects of climate change and adaptation. NY is moving its infrastructure up, moving some people out, and opting for wetland protection. Tokyo has built enormous drains to try to remove floodwaters. London famously built the Thames Barrier some decades ago, but is now being enfiladed by unprecedented rainfall amounts behind the barriers--which are also wearing out from unexpected levels of use.
The joker in the pack is Miami and Miami Beach, where sinking land, rising sea levels and more powerful tides are producing a situation of endemic flooding from the water table. The FL episode shows plenty of footage of this flooding which is high enough to disrupt the city but apparently just not enough to encourage anyone in authority to contemplate doing anything about it. Indeed, condomania continues, with people still moving to the State and developers obliging. Planners on camera talk about resilience--although in contrast to the other cities featured, it seems they are really only demonstrating denial. [If the series has a weakness, it is that it never really gets to grip with who pays for this resistance--taxpayers throughout the country who cover the endless evacuations and rebuilding after storms, or everyone in the country who carries insurance, which has to cover the losses in places like Florida and Louisiana.]
There is no political subtext to the series but the visuals and the factual commentary speak for themselves: if you are one of the hundreds of millions who lives by the ocean, you need to be thinking hard about your future--which is already here.