Chasing Ice ( Goodbye Glaciers ) / by Conor Cunningham

Whether we like it or not, our global weather systems are changing. The science is in, and man is causing a lot of that change. For those of you who are not inclined to read the scientific work and/or interpret the data, check out a film called Chasing Ice by photographer James Balog.

N.B. All images in this post are the work of James Balog

Birthday Canyon, Greenland ice sheet. Photo James Balog. EIS field assistant, Adam LeWinter on NE rim of Birthday Canyon, atop feature called “Moab”. Greenland Ice Sheet, July 2009. Black deposit in bottom of channel is cryoconite. Birthday Canyon is approximately 150 feet deep.

The film sees James and his crew travel across Iceland, Greenland and Northern America to capture stunning time lapse images of glaciers (read glacial retreat).

The footage is stunning and the results alarming. For those wondering whether still images will be with us in the future, contemplate how powerful some of James' images are.

For those of you further interested in climate science, be sure to read the Bad Astronomer by Phil Plait  (mainly Astronomy, but a healthy dose of reality, too) and for the nerdier amongst us, check out Nasa's Climate Science pages.

For some climate inspiration, see below.

Solheim Glacier 2006 with line marking height. Photo James Balog.

Solheim Glacier 2009 with line marking height from picture above in 2006. Photo James Balog.

Now go and save an ice cube!