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On 12th July 2012, an unprecedented event took place in Greenland which has triggered all the alarms: for the first time ever, 97% of the frozen surface of Greenland had started to thaw. Global warming threatens to change the Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems even faster than in the rest of the world. The situation is becoming more dramatic each year and we’re approaching a point of no return: entire cities could end up under the sea, Europe could suffer another glaciation, extreme weather events as the cold outbreak that hit Eastern US on January 2014 could be much more frequent... But a bigger silent menace is rising because of the thawing: the release of the methane trapped in the permafrost could eventually accelerate the unstoppable climate change even more.
The Polar regions are being affected by global warming much more intensely than any other part of the world. The global mean temperature has risen around 1.1 ºC since 1990, however in the Arctic it has risen more than twice. Global warming threatens to change that whole fragile ecosystem even faster than in the rest of the world. The situation is becoming more and more dramatic each year and we are approaching a point of no return. What would happen if it occurs?
DIRECTOR: Ruth Chao
SCRIPT: Alphonse de la Puente & Ruth Chao
PRODUCED BY: Intuitive Producions & Somadrome
Some quotes from the documentary:
“We have lost 70% of the ice volume, the thickness in the Arctic Ocean.”
(Paul Wassmann Professor Ph.D. Faculty of Marine Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics of the University of Tromsø)
“Millions of squared kilometers have disappeared.” (Jean_Pascal Van Ypersele, Dr. Sc. Phys. IPCC Vice-chair)
“120000 years ago when the temperature was around 2 and 3º C higher than today, sea level was between 4 and 10 meters above today’s.”
(Jan-Gunnar Winther. Director at Norwegian Polar Institute)