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James Balog

ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA), “Climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. In other words, climate change includes major changes in temperature precipitation, or wind patterns, among other effects that occur over several decades or longer.”

Chasing Ice is a documentary shot by environmental photographer James Balog to capture the effects of climate change on the landscape of glaciers. Conducted in Iceland, The Extreme Ice Survey was a bold expedition that cast light on the deleterious effects of global lifestyles on the environment. The levels of CO2 are consistently creeping upwards due to the burning of fossil fuels, industrial processes and deforestation. The greenhouse effect is not going anywhere anytime soon—sea levels have begun rising and the warming waters have caused bleaching effects on coral reef systems.

If nothing is done to scale back on the duress we’re perpetually putting on the environment, the future will be looking grim and in a few years time, cities can become engorged in water. Coral reefs in particular help break the power of waves during storms, hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis. They prevent coastal erosion, flooding and loss of property and, in effect, save billions of dollars yearly. As it relates to the glaciers, the air bubbles that are trapped inside ice sheets provide scientists with information about carbon dioxide levels from decades past. As carbon dioxide levels have increased over the past 800,000 years, so too have temperatures. They go hand-in-hand, and the current measurements are at a record high.

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Listed below are some ideas from Chasing Ice that you can use to make a difference in your life and the environment:

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All photos: James Balog

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