Racing Extinction

Soon these beautiful creatures could simply be a memory.

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or ‘Age of Man’, because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. 

The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for “Racing Extinction”. Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There’s a hidden world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see.

Director Louie Psihoyos has concocted an ambitious mission to call attention to our impact on the planet, while inspiring others to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations.

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Antarctic bedrock

Years of flights over cold southern wastes, satellite data and extensive computer power produced the 25 million+ data points used to create this video of the land beneath the White Continent’s superficial coating of ice. Known as Bedmap2, it adds to a previous version compiled in 2001 with a resolution two whole orders of magnitude greater (think 10 turning into 100 and then 1,000). It also unites many previous local surveys into a proper overview of the land beneath as well as creating a detailed baseline of the current state of the ice sheet, which if melted would contribute 58 metres to global sea levels. The data will also provide a basis for modellers working on the ice sheets and the grounding features in the bedrock beneath in order to have an idea what might happen as the world continues warming.


Image credit: British Antarctic Survey/NASA

Shout out to Kip McGrath who’s music features in Ep.2 - LENA of Bright Summer Night! Their track ‘Another Saturday’ kick-starts the scene when the Lovers arrive at the party, and serenades you through the credits. ~What a nice time~

Kip McGrath is an indi-pop, Auckland-based band, not to be confused with the education programme with the same name. Last month they released their new EP, Sour Grapes. (The band that is.) You can check it out on their Bandcamp! Please do ‘cos they’re great <3

Photo by Joon Yang, sourced via Under the Radar