Chasing Ice

Astonishing time lapse documentary by former sceptic shows the rapidly vanishing Arctic on film

Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.



A sceptic converted:


Scottish screenings:

Thursday 27 Dec to Monday 31 Dec

Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Thu 27 Dec 18:00
Fri 28 Dec 16:10 20:45
Sat 29 Dec 18:0
Sun 30 Dec 18:00
Mon 31 Dec 15:45


Sunday 13 January – Tuesday 15th January:

Glasgow Film Theatre


Tuesday 22nd January

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries


Saturday 9th February

Adam Smith Theatere, Kircaldy


If you know of any other screenings in Scotland please add them in a comment.



11 Responses to “Chasing Ice”

  • ParaHandy:

    Always get a larf here!

    Good art, very good, but he’s not discovered anything we didn’t know before. Call it what it is?

  • admin:

    Good art is always something new. Some art also has the power to move people to act.

    What Balog has done is made global warming and the rapid disappearance of the Arctic environment tangible for ordinary people.

    It may mean nothing to you, but others will see the film and be moved to act.

  • Spanner:

    Looks like a Cpl Jones moment is called for here……”Don’t panic!! Don’t panic!!”

    Consider this…..(Douglas Hoffman)

    “A new “comprehensive” report about the melting of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets is being touted by climate alarmists as “grim news” but in fact says no such thing. This latest estimate, published this week in Science, combines data from many sources including 20 years of satellite data and 32 years of ice-sheet simulations to arrive at a mixed conclusion. It estimates that, between 1992 and 2011, the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets lost 1350 ± 1010 and 2700 ± 930 Gt of ice, respectively. That is equivalent to an increase in global mean sea level of 11.2 ± 3.8 mm, less than 1/2 an inch. Moreover, while some areas were loosing ice mass others were gaining mass from snowfall. The East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS), which occupies over 75% of Antarctica, experienced mass gains during the final years of the study.”

    For an 11mm rise in sea levels over 20 years hardly seems like a good idea to cripple the Scottish economy with an extravagantly expensive and uselessly inefficient power supply when the Scottish Carbon footprint is less than 0.1% of the world anthropogenic Co2 output.

    So what actions do you suggest that the Scots should take to continue to preserve our bloody miserable climate?

  • admin:

    Your comments don’t alter the facts.

    The satellite data shows that that sea level is rising 60% faster than the IPCC’s recent predictions.

    (Yes, that’s right, 60% faster than the IPCC’s alarmist predictions 😉 )

    Will you go to see the film when it is released here?

  • Spanner:

    I won’t be going to see the film when it’s released……I’m not really into fiction.

  • admin:

    A strange comment.

    The film is entirely a factual documentary, largely timelapse photography of glaciers and ice disappearing.

    I can understand you being scared to go and see it in case your denial isn’t strong enough.

  • Spanner:

    The now infamous Al Gore film ‘An inconvenient Truth’ was described in exactly the same way and was later vilified for its inaccuracies in a court of law.

    You refer to me as a ‘Denialist ” – a term as unscientific as it is malevolent. I do not deny that there is a climate, or that it changes, or that the greenhouse effect exists, or that Man’s emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases enhance that effect and may cause some warming. I raise legitimate scientific questions about how much warming Man may cause, and about whether attempted mitigation can ever be cost-effective.

  • admin:

    If you insist on revisiting the court judgement from 2007 then let us do so. For the benefit of those who don’t know, a case was brought by a ‘concerned parent’ with a view to preventing the film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ from being used to teach climate change in schools.

    The Judge concluded that the film could lawfully be shown, provided it was accompanied by written information to teachers explaining that on nine specific points more balance was needed.

    The Judge further concluded that the overall message of the film – “that climate change is mainly attributable to man-made emissions of CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide… that it will cause serious damage if left unchecked, and that it is entirely possible for governments and individuals to reduce its impacts” – was accurate.

    You describe that as ‘vilified’? What fatuous hyperbole. The only place the film was vilified was in the denialist blogosphere, where vilification of climate science and climate scientists is a way of life.

  • Spanner:

    Actually Judge Michael Burton ruled that errors had arisen “in the context of alarmism and exaggeration” in order to support Mr Gore’s thesis on global warming.

    The judge may well just have said that on at least nine counts the film was as you say “fatuous hyperbole”.

  • Spanner:

    Further reading of the verdict makes clear that judge Burton ruled that the “apocalyptic vision” presented in the film was politically partisan and thus NOT an impartial scientific analysis of climate change. It is, he ruled, a “political film”.


  • admin:

    You neglect to mention that Burton also said that the film was “substantially founded upon scientific research and fact


    “I have no doubt that Dr Stott, the Defendant’s expert, is right when he says that: ‘ “Al Gore’s presentation of the causes and likely effects of climate change in the film was broadly accurate.'”

    Oh – and sea level is still rising 60% faster than the IPCC’s ‘alarmist’ predictions

Leave a Reply