After learning how long it will take the Earth’s ice sheets to melt in the previous episode, we continue our journey in Greenland. Listener Johan isn’t too optimistic about governments’ ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions and get a handle on climate change. So from his coastal perch in Denmark, he has asked where we should live when the poles have melted away and coastlines creep inland.
Along with the help of BBC correspondents around the world, Marnie Chesterton scours the globe for the best option for listener Johan’s new home. BBC Mundo reporter Rafael Rojas takes us to a manmade island off Colombia’s Caribbean coast to see how we might be able to live with the seas. Meanwhile, reporter Furkan Khan takes us into the high, cold desert region of Ladakh to see if heading for the hills might be the answer.
As Marnie searches for a climate-proof destination, she speaks to conservation biogeographer Matt Fitzpatrick, from the Appalachian Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He’s made a map that shows what towns and cities will feel like in 60 years and where you should visit in order to get a preview of your home’s future climate.
But Matt also tells us that we might not be the only ones on the move. And as climate scientist Ruth Mottram from the Danish Meteorological Institute tells us, waters are not going to rise evenly around the world. So can Marnie find a place to go, away from the expanding seas?