Last year, Arctic explorer Dennis Schmitt discovered that the world as-we-know-it is changing fast. In a remote coastal region of Greenland, “Warming Island” was created when the ice connecting it to the mainland melted away. The Greenland ice sheet – nearly three miles thick in places – is now melting at speeds once thought impossible. If the ice melts completely, sea level will rise twenty-three feet around the world. Karl Marx once famously said about modern life: “all that is solid melts into air.” Though Marx was no environmentalist, he was very aware of the swift changes brought on by rapid exploitation of natural resources. These changes have begun to stretch the natural contours of our planet. But all is not lost, yet. “Warming Island” could also have been called “WARNING Island” because it is a harbinger of things to come. Now that the map has been erased, how will we choose to re-write it? Hopefully, with a trained eye and a skillful touch, we can create a collective picture of a long-term sustainable future. The world-as-we-know-it may be disappearing, but as any explorer will tell you, a new world may also be on the horizon.
You may also like
TERRA 1108: “Acid in the Gulf of Maine”, “The Lobster Pot Heats Up”, and “Attack of the Green Crabs”
Produced by Andy O'Brien and Hanji Chang
3.65K Views0 Comments2 Likes
Acid in the Gulf of Maine A short animation about the potential impact of ocean acidification on sea life in the Gulf of Maine. Produced with support from Maine Sea Grant, Dalhousie University, MEOPAR (Marine Envi...
Produced by Steve McDonald
2.66K Views0 Comments1 Likes
Researchers at Kenyan universities were faced with a problem: the weather forecasts that they were providing weren’t being taken seriously. Faced with climate change and climatic extremes, farmers were losing crops an...
Produced by Max Good & Tyler Trumbo
2.15K Views0 Comments0 Likes
Willits, an eclectic town two hours north of San Francisco, faces an uncertain future during California's worst drought in 500 years. With just a 100-day supply of water left, cooperation, conservation, and finger poi...
Produced by Nate Dappen & Neil Losin
2.39K Views0 Comments0 Likes
Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000m from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some the only equatorial glaciers on Earth. But these “Mountains of the Moon,” whose very existence caused a sensation in Europe wh...