Capturing Melting Ice Glaciers in Antarctica

Photographer James Balog's five-year time lapse project.
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Transcript for Capturing Melting Ice Glaciers in Antarctica
This is a special. Report from ABC. Crumbling glaciers and -- on that plane documentary. Chasing ice focuses on a five year time lapse of receding glaciers in the Arctic. And our photographer behind it all is heading to the South Pole to record the changes in Antarctica. Everyone I'm Dan Cutler -- -- the CBC news digital special report it is round two of the dangerous adventure to record and display the melting ice caps. And our polls James Bela is the nature photographer who with -- small team captured the melting ice in the Arctic and showed the world. How climate changes affecting the North Pole and now with the help National Geographic he is in the process of installing cameras in Antarctica kicking off another. Five year time labs we're joined now from south Georgia island near the Arctic by a photographer himself. James -- James thanks for being with us today. So you have installed two cameras so far and you still have more to go. We've installed seven cameras -- on the Antarctic Peninsula and we get the dog who yesterday -- dealt Georgia. And we have to Morgan go -- and they'll do. So has it been harder or easier to install these cameras in -- -- it has been in the Arctic. It's been about the same it's -- similar kinds of challenges. We had some issues issues third degree weather yesterday. When we're installing cameras that. You know we've we've learned to adapt to it and make it work regardless. So for what you experience of the glaciers receding faster the South Pole and then the north. I think we need to be careful not to talk about itself holds itself fully wade he did an article that's not what we're we've been and that is why it. Quite pull down there and there's nothing happening. With the -- down down that the but. Yeah India outer reaches of the ban artery that is the Antarctic Peninsula -- -- of the Arctic. Sub Antarctic region -- Georgia. The glaciers are receding here that is as they are in some of -- -- -- them. So what we're getting a chance to do here is to -- -- documents. Visual side. To the changes in Northern Hemisphere's -- comparable Southern Hemisphere environs. How -- this work changed your idea about climate change and that thought -- that it was man made after going from the Arctic now. To the Antarctic. This work which changing icy environment -- it made me realize. That climate change is real it's a place where you can see -- -- -- years -- climate change in action. It's not something for the future it's not imaginary. Something that -- We'll deal with in the 22 century it's happening right now it's right -- all around us. Logistically how do you pull something like this off camera picture -- batteries they crash make -- -- that memory cards up enough space on them. When -- working these kinds of extreme conditions. Yeah it's at the technical process we go through. News pretty. Pretty complicated. We've had a lot of trial and error over the years you know we're on you're number eight right now. And we've got these systems pretty -- shaken down -- time lapse cameras lived out here. In the so harsh harsh conditions are -- little surrogate is when we're not there I think of them as my little. And -- surviving a hundred mile an hour plus winds. Temperatures down to who knows what 304050. Below. Torrential rain keeps snowfall -- that you keep working. Sometimes they failed sometimes -- batteries frees up the electrons don't move anymore but for the most part these things come alive. After that temperatures eased off a little bit and they start to collect solar energy basically. Power from the units coming from the sun. Which -- kind of pleasant ideas to realize that. All that energy is out there in the sky and -- we have to do is put up or little solar panel alarms and collected. -- -- Not adding to some of the causes of climate change from the -- right there. You are -- in the face of this kind of effort but you're not the only one you have a team that's working alongside it. Yet there's four of -- stand here together plus quite a few people on the ship part of the group ship. Helping to make this work ethic we also have big team back home in Colorado in -- -- team of scientists were partners in this ever built around the world. So. You know on the basis this initiative but -- -- it quite a big group and I should emphasize. That our photograph it photographic work is built on -- context. Scientific information and understanding. That's been accumulated by thousands of people around the world men and women vote. Working in these various sectors of climate change space science -- -- For many many decades months. You know in new invention we're not the inventors of -- by any. We all have voices. And that's what makes it. So potent so powerful and also what's what's make what makes it so. And knowing when people think -- climate change is not him because you know. Much information too many well intentioned Smart people who can have -- studying it. Look forward to not be real it's it's absolutely have. And -- holistic looking at the evidence in. Nation and not being no one believes its systems doctorate and ideology. But really looking at the evidence and that's what we're. Seeing the evidence -- -- And when you hope to complete this project. We don't know if this project will ever be finished actually. When I started it I thought it would be a three year projects it would have been done in 2009 and here we are many years later. Right now we're just starting. The Southern Hemisphere so. You know it's kind of open ended down here for at least five years and maybe but maybe -- -- that we -- -- on ABC. Maybe -- children's children will still be doing this long after. That we saw in the chasing -- documentary at the project took a series -- your body. With that in mind still gung ho on this expedition. -- well in in the film and chasing -- you saw me with the very damaged knee which has since been replaced. With titanium courtesy of the miracle of modern medicine. And you know -- not as pariahs was thirty years ago but I still get around OK I get things done so life goes on. -- it's this is not an easy environment even -- we're we're doing what needs to be. And we should be expecting another very visually stunning documentary from this project five years from now. Yeah I think so we've actually been shootings -- quite serious video at the end here. And putting some effort into it it's you know ITT's. That word in flail and right now but it's I think something is urging -- we'll. We'll see what comes out of it in due course it won't just be a bad -- it will be about many other subjects -- human caused environmental systemic change. But. Stand but it was three years and I think we'll have some. We would certainly be looking forward of that nature photographer an extreme adventure games -- South Georgia island near James thank you obviously continued success that let you hear there. And of course you can get a complete recap right here on abcnews.com. That adventure -- -- Dan cuts -- New York with this ABC news digital special report.

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