Maggie Koerth-Baker at 11:55 am Fri, May 3, 2013
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Antarctica: A Year On Ice looks like it's going to offer a damn fine supply of polar landscape porn.
Be sure to stick through to the final scene of the trailer, which is awe-inspiring in an entirely different way.
I so want to visit Antarctica one day. Its just the thought of the CO2 I would generate in getting there that makes me think twice. That and the cost. Actually mainly the cost
I’m not going unless they find a spaceship buried in the ice like The Thing. And then I’m really not going.
So far, my favorite Antartica documentary has to be Werner Herzog’s “Encounters At The End Of The World”.
Nothing about all the disappearing ice? It seems like an old-fashioned, romantic view of the Antarctic. The White House, for instance, is about to be briefed on the “imminent death spiral” of Antarctic ice:
Senior US government officials are to be briefed at the White House this week on the danger of an ice-free Arctic in the summer within two years.
The meeting is bringing together Nasa’s acting chief scientist, Gale Allen, the director of the US National Science Foundation, Cora Marett, as well as representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon.
This is the latest indication that US officials are increasingly concerned about the international and domestic security implications of climate change.
“The Arctic situation is snowballing: dangerous changes in the Arctic derived from accumulated anthropogenic green house gases lead to more activities conducive to further greenhouse gas emissions. This situation has the momentum of a runaway train.”
Let’s be clear that the Antarctic ice in in no danger of imminently disappearing, although the winters a re getting colder and the summers warmer, and climate change is having a significant impact. The northern hemisphere’s ice, however, in the Arctic is indeed disappearing at an alarming rate, threatening polar bears and other Arctic species with extinction. R
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