Off The Record
Man Points Camera at Ice – Then Captures the Unimaginable on Film
“I didn’t think that humans were capable of changing the basic physics and chemistry of this entire, huge planet. It didn’t seem probable, it didn’t seem possible.”
American photographer James Balog specializes in nature photography, for a long time, he didn’t believe in climate change.
In fact, for nearly 20 years, he taunted scientists about global warming.
“I didn’t think that humans were capable of changing the basic physics and chemistry of this entire, huge planet. It didn’t seem probable, it didn’t seem possible,” Balog says.
Photographer James Balog and his team were examining a glacier in Greenland, when their cameras caught extraordinary footage.
James and his colleagues were gathering images from cameras that had been deployed around the Arctic Circle over the years.
They were trying to snap some good photos for an upcoming documentary, but no one was prepared for what would soon unfold in front of their eyes. They caught one of the most spectacular scenes ever filmed.
In 2005 Balog began to realize that climate change is making huge impact in this world and to the entire Nature.
During a National Geographic-commissioned photo expedition to the Arctic, he noticed the enormous damage firsthand.
Exactly 10 years later, Balogs’ film “Chasing Ice” premiered, and he decided to snap the melting of glaciers with an army of cameras.
That day Balog caught one of the most spectacular scenes ever taken on camera.
In less than an hour and 15 minutes, Balog and his team were witnessing a piece of glacier the size of the Lower Manhattan fall into the ocean.
The historic event has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records and clearly shows how serious the situation is for Earth’s climate.
As far as anyone knows, it was an unprecedented geological disaster. Unfortunately, though, it’s unlikely to be the last one of its kind.
Watch the powerful video here:
In November 2016, the Arctic was 20 degrees warmer than average, which is much warmer than even research models had predicted.
Unfortunately, we’re faced with disaster if we don’t zero our global greenhouse emissions by 2070. But on the positive side, we still have a chance to make that happen.
Hopefully, this video will help convince more people of how serious the situation is, so that together we can help to reverse the trend!
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