Adapting to Life in 'the New Arctic'

Marine scientist Kenneth Dunton describes how drastically the ecosystem has changed in the past few years.

"The arctic as we know it, as I knew it in '77, is a totally different place," Kenneth Dunton explains; "2007 was the year that the ice just completely disappeared." Dunton, a professor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, has studied the ecosystems of polar regions for decades and observed the challenges climate change poses for humans and animals firsthand. In the video above, filmmaker Daniel Oppenheimer pairs Dunton's interview, a "fairly personal meditation," with the scientist's aerial footage of the north, shot from a small plane. The result is a moving portrait of a fading landscape. 

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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