Greenland’s retreating sea ice

Duration 07:00

Kate Humble goes to the town of Kulusuk to discover the extraordinary icescapes of Greenland in early March. Even though the Northern hemisphere is getting warmer, the ocean is still frozen. The water is still losing heat and the ice is actually thickest in March. Kate also finds that the size of the Winter ice sheet across the Arctic has been reducing over the past 20 years. This may be due to human activity.

First broadcast:
3 May 2012

Use this clip as a starting point for discussions about global warming impacts. Pupils could be given a blank world map. They then watch this clip and a series of these clips to show climate change impacts. As they watch the film, they can annotate the issues which global warming will present to those living in the Arctic. These can then be categorised into social, economic and environmental issues.