Introduction: On Top of the World (01:56)
Greenland actively feels the effects of global warming. Reporter Eric Campbell explains how one degree in temperature rise transforms ice into water.
Inuit Photographer (07:56)
Adam Lyberth lives inside the Arctic Circle; he keeps a photo journal of icecap changes. In three years, Russel Glacier has lost 30% of its ice; lakes are disappearing and bushfires now occur.
Scientific Perspective (02:38)
The Arctic icecap holds 8% of the world's fresh water; aerial views reveal rivers of meltwate. Greenland Climate Research Center's Thomas Juul-Pedersen confirms rapid melt acceleration since 2004.
Benefits of Heat (04:57)
Kangerlussuaq High School students learn how global warming impacts their community; one describes her life and apathy regarding global warming. Many Greenlanders welcome weather changes, not believing them permanent. Farmers capitalize on longer growing seasons.
Impacts of Rapid Warming (05:47)
Kenneth Hoegh and Campbell revisit a farmer previously enjoying extended summers; his lands now experience droughts, extreme weather, and prolonged insect attacks. At Prince William Sound, glacier ice has receded three kilometers; the men walk on land previously ice-locked for 6,000 years.
New Industries (02:47)
Fish account for 90% of Greenland's export income and fisheries profit from climate change. Warm waters and nutrient-rich glacier melt create ideal conditions for marine life. Mackerel has recently mass migrated to the area.
Problem and Opportunity (02:04)
Greenlanders can adapt to harsh, changing conditions; they see benefits and drawbacks to global warming. Lyberth explains how his high Arctic whale hunting ancestors became farmers. He shows Campbell a dying lake, asserting similar scenes are common on the icecap.
Credits: On Top of the World (00:52)
Credits: On Top of the World
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