Adapting to Life in 'the New Arctic'

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

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"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's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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