Rates of basal melt of Antarctic ice shelves (melting of the shelves from underneath) overlaid on a 2009 mosaic of Antarctica. (NASA)
On July 10, 2013, NPR’s nationally-syndicated show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” featured an extensive interview with Dr. James McClintock about the new E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s (EOWBF) short video Ghost Rookeries: Climate Change and the Adelie Penguin.
Visit the “On Point” website to listen to the interview, read excerpts from McClintock’s book Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land, and participate in the lively debate online about the topic.
Ghost Rookeries, narrated by actor, conservationist, and member of the EOWBF Board of Advisors Harrison Ford, conveys the story of the Adelie Penguin, whose habitat—and thus the biodiversity of all of Antarctica—is being threatened by real-time environmental changes.
Dr. Paula Ehrlich, President and CEO of the EOWBF, calls Ghost Rookeries “. . . a wonderful way to engage audiences about the importance of preserving our biological heritage through story. The Adelie Penguin is an iconic story, a symbol, of the real-time effect of climate change on biodiversity.”
Read more about Ghost Rookeries.
Additional recent press for the video includes:
NPR News Broadcast (July 4, 2013)
The Green Register: “Biodiversity Foundation and Harrison Ford Team Up for Short Film About Lost Antarctica and Climate Change”
AL.com: “Film About UAB Professor’s Book on Antarctica and Climate Change Narrated by Harrison Ford” and “UAB Professor Jim McClintock’s Words Come to Life in Harrison Ford-Narrated Short Film Ghost Rookeries“
UAB News Blog: “Film Features UAB Professor’s Prose, Voice of Harrison Ford”