Photographer James Balog and his team decided to examine a glacier in Greenland. While looking for good shots for their upcoming documentary, they witnessed something incredible happen before their very eyes.
James and his crew initially gathered photos from cameras that had been deployed around the Arctic Circle over the years.
The longtime professtional photographer was used to nature photography but admitted to never believing in climate change. Ironic, considering his line of work.
As a matter of fact, Balog even taunted some scientists regarding the issue.
"I didn't think that humans were capable of changing the basic physics and chemistry of this entire, huge planet. It didn't seem probable, it didn't seem possible," Balog claimed.
2005 served as an eye-opener for James when he came to a point of realization that something was amiss while taking a close-up look at how climate change affected nature.
During a National Geographic-commissioned photo expedition to the Arctic, the photographer saw the damage firsthand. It was like nothing he had ever seen before.
10 years later, Balogs' examined glaciers to make his documentary, 'Chasing Ice'.
Within an hour and 15 minutes, he and his team witnessed a piece of a glacier the size of Lower Manhattan fall into the ocean.
Balog's footage was included in the Guinness Book of Records and serves as a vivid example of how powerful climate change's effects in the world truly are.
Experts say that it's unlikely to be the last one of its kind.
As of November 2016, the Arctic was observed to be 20 degrees warmer than average.
We are bound for disaster if we don't radically reduce our global greenhouse emissions by 2070.
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