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Video: A Polar Disaster Movie

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—It’s not a secret that the Arctic Ocean is turning from white to blue as sea ice retreats. But a video compressing 25 years of satellite data into a single minute still drew gasps in a session here yesterday at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. The movie, created late last year with data from satellites and buoys, shows how each year’s sea ice cover pulses like an amoeba, expanding and contracting with the seasons—and ending almost every summer a little smaller than the year before. The video shows one reason why: The ice is getting younger. The Arctic Ocean continually loses thick, old ice, the kind that easily survives a warm summer, as currents sweep it out the Fram Strait, east of Greenland. Because of warmer Arctic temperatures, little multiyear ice forms to replace what’s lost. Over 25 years, the proportion of the ocean covered by ice at least four years old has dwindled from 26% to 7%, while the remaining ice is mainly thin, the product of one winter. That quickly melts the following summer, leaving the ocean barer and bluer than before. To participants in the AAAS session, devoted to how the Arctic ice loss could affect everything from commerce to weather patterns to national security, the video was a call to action.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.(Video credit: NOAA Climate.gov; Mark Tschudi)last_img read more

TA reinvents Great Southern Land video

first_imgTourism Australia (TA) has collaborated with ICEHOUSE singer Iva Davies to create a new online video for the popular Aussie anthem, ‘Great Southern Land’, originally written in 1981. The new clip has been uploaded to Tourism Australia’s Facebook page and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the inspirational tune, according to TA managing director Andrew McEvoy. “This clip will be shared with online audiences over the world including with Tourism Australia’s 3.4 million Facebook fans – to reignite some of the passion and emotional connection that people feel towards Australia when they hear this song,” Mr McEvoy said. “We know from research that more and more travellers are turning to word-of-mouth and online media for holiday inspiration and collaborating with advocates like Iva Davies and our 160 Friends of Australia ambassadors is a powerful way for Tourism Australia to reach new audiences.” The video features iconic Australian landmarks from across the country including; Uluru, Kangaroo Island, Parliament House in Canberra, Federation Square in Melbourne, Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Chinatown, Taronga Zoo and more. The clip also features appearances by well-known Australian music artists Eskimo Joe, Katie Noonan, Cut Copy, Muscles, Jonathan Boulet, Young Talent Time, Van She, The Sydney Philharmonic Choir and more. “It is really humbling that so many Australians including artists that I respect, have taken the time to come together to form this amazing clip for Tourism Australia, showcasing the beautiful destinations Australia has to offer the world,” Mr Davies said. “There’s a real sense of the land in this song, you can see wide open plains and red earth, huge skies and isolation whenever you hear it,” Eskimo Joe’ Stuart MacLeod,” said. “There is so much mystery in the music, and I think that’s what drew me to it from an early age.” ICEHOUSE’s 1982 album, Primitive Man, which features the song Great Southern Land, sold over 650,000 copies when it was first released in Australia on the and remains popular today. Check out the new clip below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more