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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 324 - Global Warming, Extreme Weather There IS REALLY SOMETHING GOING ON!

The Documentary Chasing Ice tells the cold hard truth about global warming or extreme weather.  Fox News and all the other people in denial need to go buy a bag of popcorn and sit their pompous asses down and watch this film.  (And for those here the natural selection process will take care of you eventually.) Everyone should beg their local movie theaters to show this film as a Sunday Matinee until everyone in their community can see this.  If we don't stop using aerosol spray cans and make the other collective tiny changes in our lives, we are all going to be under water or at least our grandchildren who once lived in Florida will be moving North to Georgia!  As the film explains if these glaciers keep melting 1.5 to 2 million people will be displaced in the southern United States in our children's lifetime!  The glaciers are the canary in the coal mine James Balog warns us.

James Balog
Jim is the photographer assigned by National Geographic originally assigned to go to the artic to take photographs of the Solheim Glacier and then realized there was a bigger story here.  The Film was captured by Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski who served as director, producer, and cinematographer of the documentary. According to the Chasing Ice website, "Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers."

Solheim Glacier = Sólheimajökull (Icelandic name) Photo by James Balog / EIS

The Solheim Glacier in Iceland in April 2006.  Photo by James Balog / Extreme Ice Survey

The Solheim Glacier in Iceland in February 2009.  The line represents how much the glacier changed in nearly three years. Photo by James Balog / Extreme Ice Survey

The Solheim Glacier in Iceland in April 2006.  Photo by James Balog / Extreme Ice Survey

The Solheim Glacier in Iceland in October 2006, just six months after the previous shot.  Photo by James Balog / Extreme Ice Survey

Chasing Ice features the journey of internationally acclaimed photographer James Balog who single-handedly decided to capture the death of four glaciers; The Ilulistat Glacier in Greenland, the Solheim Glacier in Iceland, an Alaskan Glacier, the Glacier in Montana. Balog set up five cameras in Iceland, five cameras in Alaska, two in Montana, and twelve in Greenland. This camera experiment was called the Extreme Ice Survey (EIC). Five were placed in Iceland, five in Alaska, Twelve in Greenland and two in Montana.  It was trial and error at first, navigating the icy cold conditions, knee injuries, electrical circuit problems, but eventually through the time lapse lenses, there is visible proof that the earth's atmosphere is warming. 

His film has won 30 awards (YES THAT IS THIRTY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS! COME ON AMERICA WAKE UP) at film festivals around the world including the Excellence in Cinematography Award: US Documentary The Environmental Media Association’s 22nd Annual BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Sundance Festival in 2013.  Chasing Ice is also the recipient of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.

But I have to say what impressed me most was the ending of the documentary. As you watch what is happening, you still can't believe what you are watching.  You KNOW this is what you are watching but it is unfathomable.  If this doesn't wake you up, NOTHING will.  These glaciers are receding yes, but it isn't this, it is HOW they are... they don't "calve" off at the ends anymore.  They are melting so fast that they are imploding from within the size three times the size of Manhattan!  Then chunks of ice three times the size of a football field are thrown up into the air SIX TIMES THE length of a football field.  It is unsettling.The vibrations you feel in your body, the sounds in your ears and you are only watching from a warm seat...can you only imagine.....They are forming pools of water on top that melt through the top and form waterfalls in the middle. These become streams called moulins.  They then just implode in the middle and fall into the ocean.  Solid Frozen ice that have been that way for MILLIONS Of years! GONE!

The Illistat Glacier in Glacier is melting at a rate of 130 feet daily and dropping vertically the height the size of the Empire State Building annually.  These apocalyptic changes are 100x faster than they have ever been and scientists are alarmed that they may in fact cause plants and animals to be extinct.  Mass extinction of between 1/2 to 3/4 of the species.  These are plants that clean our air and water, that pollinate our food sources.  We will have to do this by hand like China does now.

Ice Core Scientists drill holes in the Glaciers and pull out Ice Cores. They study the Bubbles and chemistry of ice and look at the air.  They have seen an increase in Carbon Dioxide parts per million (PPM) over the last decade.   The CO2 content has increased from 280PPM to 390PPM since 1850 but now the rate is exponentially changing and scientists estimate this to go to 5000PPM in the next century!   They have also seen a change in temperature based on these scientific footprints left in the ice. Since 1850 there has been a steady increase in temperature of 1.5 degree Fahrenheit.  The air is simply changing and the proof is in the ice.

The statistics are startling.  The Alaskan Glacier prior to the year 2000 had retreated 9 miles in 100 years.  Balog's cameras had to be pivoted four times during his study to capture this receding glacier as it kept going out of the view.  The glacier retreated 2.5 miles in 3 years all totaling it had retreated 9 miles in just the previous ten years.

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James thinks Ice is beautiful to photograph I happen to agree with him!
 For James Photo blog click here:  Jim says, "Taking photos of ice is like taking photos of people, each glacier has different lines like the lines of a face.  There is tension in these powerful chunks of glacier and ice and yet such fragility."

The film quotes John Coleman Weatherman for KUSITV9 as saying about denying there is such a thing as Global Warming, "Believe me, twenty years from now, I'll be the one laughing"....Here is my response:

You should see Chasing ICE, you can't deny the visible proof.  You are in denial and you were quoted as saying "Twenty years from now you'll be laughing"  Just curious so you live in San Diego Right?? No one will hear you!! you'll be under water!!!

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