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23 Degrees a global phenomenon

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Stephen Marsh Stephen Marsh | 09:30 UK time, Thursday, 25 August 2011

Distance travelled ~ 608'199'200 km

As it happens during the production of the series 23 Degrees there has been much discussion and many questions about whether this show reflects both the northern and southern hemispheres. For example, a comment left by a reader on one of my previous posts raised a fair point about the perspective we were taking:

excerpt of readers comment

The truth is, this is a planet-wise show. We are looking at how our cosmic dance with the Sun affects the whole globe. And to do that we are not looking at stories on a hemisphere by hemisphere basis, or for that matter continent by continent or even country by country. We are going to locations that provide us with the best opportunity to film events that illustrate our relationship with the Sun and how that affects our weather all over the planet. But if that means shooting both tornadoes and hurricanes in the US because that's where they hit, then that's where we will film.

We are going to have stories from all round the Earth, both at land and at sea, but we have to be pragmatic as well and choose locations that we can get to within our budget.

So for instance on a show like this we can't go Antarctica, it's just too expensive and difficult to get to. That doesn't mean we will ignore such places, we have access to footage taken by scientists and explorers, which we can use to tell our story.

Another interesting thing making this series that I hadn't really taken on board before I started, was just how unequal the distribution of land is between the hemispheres. The northern hemisphere has much more land compared to the southern hemisphere. In fact over 65% of the land is in the northern hemisphere.

That means that more of the observable and so filmable weather events take place in the northern hemisphere so we will inevitably do more filming there than in the south. That doesn't mean we don't go south of the equator, we've already crossed the Andes, filmed in the Atacama and sailed out onto the southern ocean off Tierra Del Fuego on the southern tip of South America.

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