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Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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Using both time-lapse and conventional photography as well as digital video, the Extreme Ice Survey is the most extensive visual study ever conducted to illustrate the catastrophic melting of glacial ice. The result is a dramatic and timely demonstration of global warming’s dangerous consequences from Alaska to Iceland to the Alps. Serviced via foot, horseback, dogsled, skis, fishing boats, and helicopters at 15 sites in the Northern Hemisphere and programmed to shoot once an hour, every hour of daylight, each of the 26 cameras captures approximately 4,000 images per year. This stunning collection of photographs will form a companion exhibition traveling to museums all over the world as part of an urgent outreach campaign aimed at educating the public about global warming and providing irrefutable scientific evidence of how rapidly our planet’s climate is changing.
Launched in the fall of 2006 and scheduled to continue until late summer of 2009, the remarkable Extreme Ice Survey archive will ultimately total more than 300,000 photographs--a treasure trove of data for researchers and a portrait of nature as arresting and unforgettable as it is ominous.
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About the Author
James Balog has been an award-winning nature photographer for more than 25 years. His work has been exhibited in over 100 museums and galleries around the world.
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The photography that is present in the book is superb, but at times it is difficult to see what the author is trying to show due to the small frame size of the photos. Making the book a larger size would have provided a remedy to this problem. In addition, the writing is weak and either should have been reduced, or the photographer should have been paired with a better and more knowledgeable writer.
A good look at what is happening in the Polar Regions, but I am not sure it is worth the price charged. I would tend to view it in a library setting first to see if it meets expectations.
Many of these hundreds of thousands of photographs become the time-lapse films in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's award-winning film Chasing Ice. How Balog and his crew chose their sites, the engineering that is required of cameras to survive for up to two-and-a-half years at minus forty degrees, with winds of up to one hundred sixty miles per hour, and how they are powered are also discussed.
Aiming this book at readers in the United States, since the US is the biggest per capita consumer of carbon, he points out that we cannot deny the reality of climate change (which his photographs and film clearly document). As Sir Nicholas Stern of the World Bank has shown, we must reduce our carbon consumption now, along with our dependence on oil, or the economic costs of fixing the problem will increase exponentially. If we do not reduce consumption and the "techie visionaries" seeking alternative energy sources fail in their efforts, however, "Most glaciers in Switzerland will be gone by 2100 if ice melt continues at its current pace of three percent a year." Some islands are already in danger from rising oceans, and coastal areas throughout world are noticing significant flooding in times of weather crises.
"In terms of climate change," Balog says, "I sense that we may be at what I call a `Berlin Wall moment,' a time when obdurate and seemingly permanent barriers [to fixing the problem] can collapse....I must will myself to believe that we, the people, are now waking up and will do the right thing." Incomparable photography, combined with incontrovertible evidence regarding global warming and climate change, make this not only memorable but crucially important for all citizens of the world.
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