Sean Sublette on 2°C on The Weather Channel

Program Summary

Sean Sublette spoke with The Weather Channel about long- and short-term implications of surpassing 2°C of warming, including sea level rise, Antarctic ice melt and mosquitos.

“We have about 1 billion people close to coastal areas in urban settings, so there's a massive humanitarian crisis where you have to relocate all those people close to a coastline” around the globe, he explains. There is a degree of variation on sea level estimates, but “a lot depends on the decision that we make as a global society regarding our energy use here in the coming decades.”

And mosquitos as a climate issue?

“No question about that. You look at the conditions in which the mosquitos thrive — heat and humidity — as the temperatures do tend to rise, the humidity goes up as well, and that is more condusive to mosquitos.”