Chasing Ice…

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James Balog with icebergs at Ilulissat Isfjord, UNESCO World Heritage site.


James Balog, an environmental photographer for the Extreme Ice Survey and documentary Chasing Ice, was able to capture stunning images of glaciers using time-lapse photography in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Over relatively short periods of time, glaciers have been shown to virtually disappear, melting away into waterways below.

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Solheim Glacier April 2006

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Solheim Glacier October 2006

He and his team also found that in the past decade or so, glacial ice has been receding at an alarming rate when compared to historical values of glacial recession. If the world continues ‘business as usual,’ there may not be many glaciers left in the decades to come.

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Human-induced climate change is clearly the culprit for the significant loss of the planet’s ice sheets, however it has been disputed by some scientists. The vast majority of scientific publications support anthropogenic causes of rapid climate change since the Industrial Revolution.

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It’s not a matter of whether or not climate change exists, it’s now a matter of what we are doing about it. Currently underway is the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris, France where world leaders are discussing the many issue regarding climate change. Nations are now in agreement that changes should be made, specifically in greenhouse gas emissions that would limit temperature change to 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial values.

 

Photos courtesy of chasingice.com