Where Have All The Glaciers Gone?

March 21st, 2012 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Where Have All The Glaciers Gone?

Nature Photographer James Balog shares some very powerful imagery in time-lapse format depicting the rapid melting of glaciers. For several years, Balog has been going up north to shoot the half-alive ice of the mammoth glaciers for his Extreme Ice Survey, a look at the shocking effects of abrupt climate change in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. As Balog reports “our challenge with getting people to understand climate change is a perceptual problem far more than a policy problem.” I tend to agree. As soon as the first snow of the season comes, climate skeptics will typically proclaim – “see, how can the earth be warming when it’s snowing”. This primitive level of analysis and understanding is the real battle we face in our national conversation about the impact of climate change.

What Balog has done with his time-lapse photography is to provide the perceptual reality to the conversation – not just data and charts, but actual footage of glaciers melting in a way we rarely see. I encourage you to watch his video as he discusses and shares his photography. If you want to jump right into the time-lapse imagery, began the video at about the 8:40 mark. This is pretty powerful stuff and should motivate us all to act, but . . . as Climate Scientist James Hansen writes, ” Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with earth. That is the equivalent of what we face now (with climate change), yet we dither.”