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“The Earth is Having a Fever”

2012/10/15

According world-renowned photographer James Balog, “The Earth is Having a Fever”.  Mr. Balog knows this because he and his team at the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) have spent years conducting “the largest ground-based photographic survey of the world’s glaciers ever conducted”.  And what that survey has shown is a profound, visual representation climate change: the melting of the world’s glaciers at an increasingly rapid rate.

Stein Glacier, Switzerland, 17 September 2011. James Balog.

Stein Glacier, Switzerland, 17 September 2011. James Balog.

The work done by the EIS can now be seen in two formats.  First is Mr. Balog’s most recent book, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers (see cover image below).  Second is also a new documentary titled Chasing Ice which will be released this November.

Cover of "Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers"

Cover of “Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers”

Below are two videos.  The first is an interview of James Balog by Bill Moyers as seen on Moyers and Company.  It is a very interesting interview that looks at how the EIS accomplished their work and the risks associated with photographing the worlds glaciers.  Also discussed is climate change and how Mr. Balog’s images can shed light on the severity of the climate problem we face.  A great quote from the interview that is stuck in my head is “The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones”.  I’m guessing Mr. Balog did not come up with that saying, however, it is an excellent way to look at our addiction to fossil fuel.

The second video is a preview of Mr. Balog upcoming documentary Chasing Ice. (If I’m not mistaken, that same preview is also part of the interview.)

 

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