In 2020, the U.S. experienced more billion-dollar disaster events than any other time in history, including wildfires, hurricanes, drought, flooding and heatwaves. Communities across ABC Owned markets experienced historical climate-related disasters-from the worst wildfire season across West Coast California to historic freezing weather in Texas that left millions without power and running water.

ABC Owned Television Stations' meteorologists, at the front lines of the extreme weather in their markets, and National Geographic Explorers, together with National Geographic research, project the future of U.S. cities over the next 50 years. Participating experts include ABC7/WABC-TV New York chief meteorologist Lee Goldberg and WABC weather anchor Sam Champion, 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia chief meteorologist Cecily Tynan, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago meteorologists Cheryl Scott and Larry Mowry, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston chief meteorologist Travis Herzog, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco meteorologists Drew Tuma and Sandhya Patel, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles chief meteorologist Dallas Raines, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham meteorologist Brittany Bell, ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno meteorologist Kevin Musso and National Geographic Explorers Victoria Herrmann and Lillygol Sedaghat.

The special focuses on two of the biggest environmental challenges facing communities-coastal flooding and wildfires-while also looking at the disproportionate impacts on communities of color. In addition, the special will profile cutting-edge innovations, youth environmental leaders, and practical solutions to reduce climate change.