Adapting to Life in 'the New Arctic'

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

"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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