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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 01 January 2009
Scientists and artists on the Grigory Mikheev in Disko Bay, Western Greenland. Photo: Nathan Gallagher
Scientists and artists on the Grigory Mikheev in Disko Bay, Western Greenland.
Photo: Nathan Gallagher.

Climate and Culture in Disko Bay.

In late September, an eclectic mix of scientists, musicians and artists set out on an expedition to Disko Bay in Greenland to explore the cultural response to climate change in the Arctic.

The Arctic is an incredible place for artistic inspiration.

It is also a critical region for climate change.

The sea ice grows less every summer and the North Pole may be open water in summer by mid-century.

The Greenland ice, were it all to melt, would raise world sea level by 7 metres.

By sailing into the heart of the climate debate, the expedition hoped to draw people’s attention to this climatic tipping point.

Musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall, Feist, Robyn Hitchcock and Ryuichi Sakamoto joined creative people from art, film and theatre, Beatboxer Shlomo, Composer Jonathan Dove, Comedian Marcus Brigstocke, two teams of scientists ….. and Material World presenter Quentin Cooper for a journey to the Arctic and the front-line of climate change.

The ambition of Cape Farewell’s Disko Bay expedition was to inspire the creative team to respond to climate change both in the Arctic and on their return.

For 10 days, they sailed aboard the science research vessel – Grigory Mikheev, from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay up to Uummannaq and back to Kangerlussuaq.

The boat visited the front of the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of Greenland’s largest glaciers, moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day.

It was an amazing journey, 10 days of artistic inspiration, debate, discussion and exploration.

In this special New Year edition of Material World we can join Quentin in the Arctic, meet his fellow travellers and witness scientific research at the front line of climate change.

Next week on Material World: launching into space with student scientists.

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