Source: Los Angeles Times
Nearly 20 years ago, Jill Heinerth led a National Geographic diving team that made the first cave dives inside the largest floating piece of ice ever seen on Earth. The B-15 iceberg had calved from an ice shelf in Antarctica, and they were moved to explore the inside of what was regarded as a potential harbinger of global climate change.
When Heinerth wrote the script for accompanying documentary, “Ice Island,” people cautioned her not to use politically charged terms such as “climate change” and “sea-level rise.”
Scientists recently announced that the polar ice is collapsing faster than predicted. And every week, the headlines are filled with new warnings of accelerating ocean-level rise. Heinerth says climate change is happening. She has dived and documented it firsthand for decades.
Heinerth says how we plan for it and adapt to it in the next few years will determine the future of our civilization. It’s also what draws her to scuba dive under the ice in the northern reaches of her native Canada.
Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.
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