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this is it of the news live from berlin the european union rolls out its covert 19 mass vaccination program it's a shot of hope as a huge cord needed effort gets underway to start immunize even those who are most at risk also coming up on the show plastic sheeting and blankets are their only protection hundreds of migrants are spent a nother night in freezing conditions and bosnia aid agencies are warning that people will die if they don't get proper shelter soon.
hello and welcome to the show i'm claire richardson in berlin the european union has begun its long awaited coronavirus vaccination campaign meters and public health officials are hailing the rollout as a historic achievement hoping the program will be the path out of a pandemic which has up ended normal life and killed more than 400000 people in europe for now there are relatively few doses of the vaccine available but some have been sent to the places hardest hit by the virus. nor the needly in much 2020 it became known around the world as a europe a move a whole generation of grandparents was lost but one of the worst affected places was outside the. there were 9 times more deaths than usual during the 1st wave of
the virus. december 2020 in cremona. the 1st doses of the vaccine wheeled into the medical center lung specialist money a betty becomes the 1st doctor to get a shot it's a moment of relief in a place of the same a lot of suffering. seems to me that today marks a time to build momentum and that we can change the cruellest of this pandemic with . me at. suburban madrid in march 2020 ambulances queued at an overcrowded hospital in the spring the virus spread from italy to spine a c. the ice rink became a mess mortuary as the death toll climbed. madrid's nursing homes with the epi center of spain's anguish and now they were the 1st spaniards of being vaccinated like 78 year old whose antonio. i haven't
felt any effects whatsoever so far now i'm just looking forward to my 2nd injection that's going to grow. symptom berta hospital and so on to me outside of paris france was touched early dring europe 2nd why. and by the autumn deprived areas like this one were being hit by rising infection rights and shortages of doctors and so son tony was charges in a site for france's 1st injections. 78 year old maurice that was almost speechless with emotion. you're the 1st to be vaccinated in france it's an honor. from sweden in the north. to greece in the south. portugal in the west. to remain here in the east.
across the european union a small moment of hope played out in many places at a time when this pandemic is causing doctor eyes across the continent. and germany has set up more than $400.00 vaccination centers for its nationwide drive it's said to be a huge undertaking health officials say an immunization rate of 60 to 70 percent of the population will be needed to bring the virus under control our reporters went to the biggest facility in berlin for the start of the rollout. of ina normally a venue for concerts and exhibitions today the queues outside with the covert vaccine it's the 1st of 6 vaccinations centers in the german capital to open its doors. to british roma the former head of germany's civil relief agency was called out of retirement to lead the project. be an order see it's a free i'm satisfied today i'm happy to vaccinations are getting underway but i'll
only be truly satisfied when 2 thirds of people in europe are vaccinated so there's a long way to go but today is the 1st it is. at full capacity this center will deliver up to $5000.00 injections per day on sunday and started with only $150.00 vaccine supplies. first for their injections medical staff a nursing home workers on the front lawn of the pandemic priority for those providing vital care for others. in these mice and human life on 2nd i don't want to infect anyone thank god i don't have it my colleagues and i want to stay healthy just like elderly residents want to get out of it. just a few kilometers away billions 1st scene is we're getting their shots as well front of the line was 101 year old good will cause a. nursing home residents have been among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus now doctors hope they can finally be protected. and
exploited dealing i know at the moment infections are exploding in care homes. and it's horrible so we're happy to be the 1st facility to have this vaccination and to have another tool to keep serious infections out of the home. and. the you know kill ational priority groups in germany is expected to run until mid 2021 when the coronavirus vaccine will become free and available to everyone. earlier we spoke to dr going to show at the variety institute at berlin's sherry tate hospital while mass vaccination is an important step he warns that there are still many uncertainties. every person that is vaccinated counts but we still don't know at the moment whether we can reach a so-called stare at immunity with those vaccines that are available now that
means you don't know whether those people that are vaccinated are unable to pass on the virus to other people that would be very important but he may know that may be at fever next year. so this should still obey to the rules that. telling us to keep distance to other people to wear masks and. to be ever out of symptoms. that isn't very important point that has to be made at this time also. and we can take a look now at some of the other stories making headlines at this hour president donald trump has signed into law $2.00 trillion dollars worth of pandemic relief and other public spending the move verts a chaotic shutdown of the u.s. government's approval also restores unemployment benefits to millions of americans
the president had previously condemned the spending plans as a disgrace. meanwhile authorities in the u.s. will say the main suspect in a christmas day bombing which ripped through nashville tennessee was killed in the blast officials have received hundreds of tip offs but still have no idea why the man apparently set off the explosion. counting is underway in elections in the central african republic long lines formed up polling stations in the capital bangui while in other parts of the country fewer people went to polling stations because of fears of violence or boycotts by the rebel coalition 1st results are expected early next month. and witnesses say boko haram islamist militants have killed at least 10 people in northern nigeria jihadists drove through villages torching shops homes and churches and shooting residents who fled into the bush the un says boko haram has killed 36000 people since 2009.
170 s. stranded in northwestern of bosnia and herzegovina have spent a 5th night in freezing temperatures and squalid conditions the u.n. and international aid groups are appealing to authorities to provide proper accommodation they warn that people will die without urgent action. if they were already living in misery. and then things got worse. freezing temperatures. no heat in a big tent and just plastic sheeting for a roof one that threatens to cave in from the snow piling up on top some people here say they're not getting enough to eat where there is a very cold and we can't sleep in here. anything for example no. shower no food without sleeping here weirdo. about 1200
refugees who are being relocated in their former come down a few days ago the fire allegedly set by frustrated occupants. located near both news border with croatia the u.n. camp we showed you to be closed because bosnian authorities allegedly ignored its appeals to help restore basic services the cold weather froze showers and toilets weeks ago. bosnia has become a bottleneck for thousands of migrants hoping to reach western europe once here they try to get to the nearest e.u. country croatia there with or it is there hardly ever allow them to enter and usually push them back. push and pull is beating. there was never really is going to give them everything to follow our life for a little for now there's still no solution in sight for these migrants who are in
dire need of help. let's turn now to some film industry news and the hollywood action film a wonder woman 1984 set a record for 2020 with its debut over the holiday weekend the warner brothers production it took nearly $20000000.00 u.s. and canadian movie theaters the highest opening for any hollywood film since the coronavirus shuttered cinemas are processing the world's box office was higher than many had expected since the feature was also launched for streaming to the dismay of many cinemas. and a reporter on the n.s.f. has been following the story for us but these figures into context for us if you can just how well did it wonder woman actually do well the big context for this obviously is the year 2020 which may be the worst year for the film industry since it began so within that context wonder woman did pretty fabulously it did better than any other hollywood film in the us and canadian market by pulling in just
under 17000000 and it's box office debut and for comparison the 2nd best film of that weekend christmas we can it's a big movie weekend for a lot of americans 2nd best film pulled in only 2 and a half 1000000 and and in the corona times the since a pandemic began 2nd best film in the u.s. market pulled in just under 10000000 so wonder woman did wonderfully i should say but this is really peanuts compared to what hollywood is used to pulling in the last wonder woman film in 2717 fold in 100000000 in its debut and this wonder woman of course cost a lot more than a spoiled and so far cost $200000000.00 to make so they're going to have to go a lot further to make up the difference and to be honest it's not very likely that they'll make a profit on this film so 2020 success but maybe not in any other you might say this year's wonder woman was also simultaneously released online i understand that caused a 3rd of a controversy this was
a very controversial move from warner brothers which released this. when they said that they were going to release it simultaneously in theaters and also on streaming services so this kind of was also an announcement that they made at the same time that they were going to do it for all of the films in 2021 as well and this came as a bombshell in industry 1st time that a studio has done something like this because what they're saying is that the cinemas which depend on this so-called window of exclusivity when they have exclusive rights to the film that they're not going to have that anymore they're saying people can just as well watch the film in bed without putting any shoes their shoes on as to go to the cinema in the cold during a pandemic and actually they did so you know you know that you know so with that in mind is there actually any good news for the film industry well a lot of industry analysts are saying it's too early to see what this year is going to do to the film industry but some people are pulling a little bit of optimism out of the fact that wonder woman even like i said people
could watch it in their bed and they could watch it from the comfort of their own home they went out to cinemas they paid for the ticket so it shows that beyond all this people are still wanting to go out to the cinema to see a film all right i mean as i thank you very much for that update. of course many events have had to go virtual during the pandemic and the european timber sports championships are no exception 14 competitors lined up in disciplines based around wood cutting skills involving axes and stalls and power saws the competitors couldn't go up against each other directly for social distancing reasons so the rival lumberjacks it went through their paces in their home venues and no one knew the outcome until all the elements were streamed together in and as i broadcast on the day the x. minute from a pool and emerged victorious. and a quick reminder you can always get the news on the go just on that are out from
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magic and color. we are exploring the most remote locations in this inhospitable terrain from greenland through the northwest passage to alaska. we meet people who sense that their world is changing. and those who are changing. planes. this is a world in which the future of humanity will be decided. by the arctic plate. while taking risky maneuvers at full speed for the bar so lies that feverish lead looks for
a passage through the ice. to go over ice. it's a race against time. to go right. we're going to. a north easterly wind. that's unusually powerful for early july drives large amounts of drift ice from the arctic ocean into the fjord the freezing headwind makes travel difficult and pushes the ice sheets closer and closer together creating pack ice after traveling almost 700 kilometers in the scoresby sound we find ourselves stranded in the arctic together with of arsal ice and family and one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on earth. a week before we departed iceland on a 2 hour flight over the arctic ocean our destination it took what automate. a
village some 800 kilometers away from its closest neighbors. the descent itself is breathtaking. on the shoreline of one of the fjords branches woodland on a gravel runway. it was built by an american oil firm which withdrew from the development in 1990 but the runway remains. we have to continue our journey by boat as there are no roads. the trip takes close to 2 hours. on a peaceful and beautiful july afternoon like this could imagine that anything could go wrong. the colorful houses a veto court ordered me to stand out like beacons between the rocks and the ice. were overwhelmed by the incredible beauty of the arctic and its bassinets confounds our senses. the icebergs often as tall as skyscrapers.
the bathroom it's more than 40 kilometers from here to the shoreline on the other side of the fjord. 350 people live in a 2. i meet almost all are in a way it. most of the work they do is directly or indirectly subsidized by the danish government. which keeps the settlement alive there's a church hospital sports center and a primary school here along with what might be the world's most spectacular soccer pitch it's artificial turf is carefully manicured between the rubble and the snow. even just opened an outdoor pool for children. it's only the 2nd one in all of greenland. the kids splash around to the sound of techno music. even though the water's a little chilly. that still need some improvement. how was the water around
to. it too cold for the kids. that's what we were working on well more. at the small weather station they're releasing a weather balloon like they do every day at 11 each morning and night at the same time as hundreds of weather stations around the world tore undress and runs the station he's lived for 46 years but says things have changed dramatically here in recent years. the weather system. has a bit. if. it's been a lot more wind and not more humid and lot more rain in. climate we have now was what they had. was well not. well it's quite
a bit. above the village there's a cemetery with a stunning view. even if it's getting warmer here in the summer they still digging extra graves to be able to bury those who die in winter when the ground is frozen solid. suddenly there's excitement in the village. the men are loading their guns and everyone's on their feet people drop everything to go and watch the now walls or hear. who those who aren't in the boats watch from the shoreline and tell the hunters which way to go. time and again the whales submerge and the boats chase after them the sound of large caliber weapons resonates throughout the
day. the hunters fear the smell of the corpses could attract polar bears to keep them away from the shoreline and the settlement the dead whales or hold on to an ice sheet and carved up there. outside one of the cabins we meet met a parcel i asked who's following the action with binoculars. her husband orca and her brother a gal who are taking part in the hunt. for the void we asked her why people here are so crazy about now walls. thing where you are going to be very important. on. the war here. you believe you are in that. and when you. do that you can.
you know the truth. through metal invites us to stay for lunch goulash is on the menu it's the children's favorite. mehta tells us that much has changed here in recent years and asks if we'd like to join them on a boat trip up the fuehrer in the coming days. plate we travel almost 400 kilometers with them up the scoresby sound at 50 or 60 kilometers an hour navigating our way through the ice play. after 4 hours of a very cold and for us off a nerve racking journey we take
a break in stunning surroundings. the silence is only broken by the sound of melting glaciers. while her youngest son brian keeps an eye out for polar bears which can appear out of nowhere at any time we ask mehta about the biggest changes she's observed here in recent years to kate here's the last years have been smelting roughly like like 10 years ago and to now it's can smell up to one kilometer believe then suddenly 2 polar bears appear a mother and her cub the potentially extremely dangerous encounter for both parties . so it's lucky for us we're sitting safely in our boat and lucky for the polar
bears this year's back quarter has already been. the one fickle kenia by because they have very few things close. but i like the meat as. you know you make small pieces of meat and make it out of the food price $3.00 of the 5 polar bear goulash. our journey of the pure continues we've been traveling through this magical world advice for 2 days. but this isn't a family holiday even if it sometimes looks like an. 8 year old brian drives us to our camp for the night at full speed. isn't met a word. or phrase when he was crying. because he's still so early
but his father one theme tutor how to drive early as possible and if you already should you know how to shoot in the ring he was 4 by. 6 as often as they can they bring their children to the field to teach them how to survive here in the arctic how to feed themselves how to hunt and fish how to creep up on polar bears seals and musk ox and how to adapt to the ever changing world around them. their river here but it's all right now before we can get the water here next to the camp. so now we we don't have more snow on peer into mountains and now it's all right it's because it's warmer and we have periods and the winter season it's warmer
earlier so the snow it's only smell. the next morning we need to move fast a strong wind is coming up and that could prove dangerous so we need to leave we still have a 350 kilometer return trip ahead of us. and then we find ourselves stranded in the arctic. met his brother uncle who has gone on ahead crossing the ice floes on foot looking for a passage through the ice. our biggest worry now is that something could happen to the boat they risk being destroyed by drift ice and without the boats there's no way to get back we have to turn around in an ice free bay we meet some hunters who are
also stuck we launch our drone to get a better overview of the situation a guy who in the other hunters examine our images it really doesn't look good there's pack eyes all the way to the horizon. we're not going to get out of here so quickly. we set up camp and post guards to watch out for polar bears. the hunters share their food with us. cuts than our wall skin and blubber into small strips to make them easier to chew. i'm always good to. get. the coffee. taste like showing up yeah. he performed on. the floor after being stuck here for 2 days things suddenly move very quickly the
family has made a decision to reach out on the mortgage tells us a call that will bring us back the 3 of us the children and one hunter in one boat . mehta and although i want the children to get back to the village it's growing too cold out here and the polar bears pose an ever present danger. they plan to follow us as soon as there's a clear path through the ice to their boat is too big to haul over the ice. the fact. that. it's a tiring and perilous journey back. anyone who falls into the water here is unlikely to survive. the cold but before. flying.
it's hard for us to judge exactly how thick the ice really is. we drag our boat over the pack ice. all the time were afraid that the ice could crack or that someone could slip into the icy water. we make our way from ice floe to ice floe taking advantage of every little ice free passage to use the boat. we drag push and pull getting in and out of the boat for hours on end. this isn't normal for the middle of july. the new weather patterns are making life difficult for the in a with all the knowledge they've acquired over many generations which helps them
predict weather conditions is becoming unreliable. before you know. that 1st. class. late that evening after hours crossing the ice we're finally in the clear. a helicopter arrives to pick us up eric the local policeman has come to say good bye and make sure we're ok in our walls are back in the day and after 2 nights on
the ice metta has also made it home. we leave itto for turning me deeply moved by its people and its natural beauty. the path to the landing strip is still blocked by ice thanks. this is yellow knife canada at the military section of its airport. we're traveling with the 2nd battalion of quebec's royal 22nd regiment a unit which supports canada's joint task force north. it's been a long trip from. almost a 1000 kilometers with stops in quebec and yellowknife before we reach cambridge bay in the canadian arctic. we're taking part in operation
quote it's mission to patrol the northwest passage canadian territory that could hardly be more isolated. to griffin military helicopters fly low taking advantage of the element of surprise. in. the helicopters head out over the water they have their sights set on a cargo ship and radio the freighter to identify itself. the captain is surprised. he asks why the helicopter is there he never imagined that 2 military helicopters would suddenly appear in the middle of the night this amuses the pilots. the. the.
the freighter was properly registered but the message is clear anyone traveling through the northwest. passage should expect to face questions. back at command central the briefings are taking place reconnaissance patrols are to be transferred to observation posts in the northwest passage to monitor an area approximately the size of germany ordered me to do $78.00 during this time of the year worst price so there is $1.00 more try to. make sure. people on the ground and in the year year 4 sets aboard to monitor any type of maritime it's also for the ship didn't say to come up every yeah yeah it is different between seeing a submarine or. fishing boat right so one of the 2 require different did they
require different it's. the basis of their operations is known as camp main located at cambridge bay it's part of the joint canadian american north warning system. roughly 2000 people live in cambridge bay it's a kind of rough and tumble arctic front to or town in the middle of nowhere that's kept alive with generous support from the canadian government. most of the people here live from hunting and fishing and government subsidies. fishing for arctic char is one of the few good paying jobs here. people can aren't around 4000 euros for 2 weeks' work. but the fishing grounds are spread all over the northwest passage and are often only reachable by float plane. at the dock in cambridge bay we meet some fishermen imo doing their catch we ask if they've
encountered vessels in the northwest passage that have no business being there. but heard stories of elders out on boats. in the distance thinking it's an island. somewhere. yeah that's not coffin mine area. oh we know based on some cite from other people that they said that there was a russian. coming canadian. arctic. but that's all we know whether it's been in the new basically you know i know. the government. trying to keep it low somehow or not make a big deal out of that but. what i'm sure that they know a lot more than what they say i am at an observation post we meet the commander of joint task force north brigadier general patrick carpentier say.
he's inspecting his troops who are conducting surveillance and this isolated region he explains how hard it is to maintain a presence throughout canada's north if you take that area of land it's about the size of the continental u.s. so in that area there's only 150000 people that are separated in about 72 different units and so on so the challenges are communication transportation infrastructure. everything is a challenge in the north and that's not counting climate. his troops are always accompanied by a group of arctic rangers local you know it who work with the military. they play an important role. they're critical because if you look at the art of it so be it the rangers are really forcing you to give us a lot of situational awareness of what's good for the canadian armed forces only
have around 400 soldiers permanently stationed here in the north. so they couldn't do without the help of the arctic rangers and the local population. along with 2 arctic rangers and a reconnaissance patrol were being transferred to an outpost on a small uninhabited island. the pilots ask us if we get airsick we're told to be honest because lots of people start to feel queasy when the helicopter picks up speed. they fly low and fast. for more than an hour we travel over a rocky terrain as well as countless lakes. sometimes it feels like we could reach out and touch the ground.
we have to disembark quickly the pilots need to return to base. this is to be our camp for the next few days a couple of tents on a small island in the middle of the arctic there are no trees or bushes for protection we are fully exposed to the wind and weather which often changes from one minute to the next. night has fallen on slightly higher ground the 1st guards have taken up positions using infrared devices and powerful binoculars they search for hot spots on the icy waters. these can even be detected from great distances away. that is where you see a submarine coming up it's. really good to see you.
know we do but i don't know that riyadh so this show this for some more room with us let's hear your other plays. but they don't show us that. the next morning this reconnaissance patrol is searching the horizon they've just spotted a foreign invader. there's a grizzly bear here you know that it's right there and we saw you just came back good god this wisdom there are. so hard to see but it's right there because you did lead to a. courtroom you. amy and allan load their guns the canadian arctic is in a what territory the soldiers are guests here and an armed they don't want to be
viewed as an occupying force so they leave it up to the rangers to defend them. are going to come through that kind. of. thing so what will you do that if you comes before we are. getting to uproot. you want to. but for now the bear is nowhere in sight. suddenly a dense fog moves in from the sea now it's wet and cold around 3 degrees celsius allen says it could take a week for the fog to lift it looks like war once again trapped in the arctic this time on a small island with a grizzly bear. in mind when. they were completely fog.
most of the time. they can not really think of because they don't believe in the. right so they will think that. a few days later the skies have cleared and the helicopters can fly the brigadier general comes for an inspection he and his staff have one burning question mark their sighting of the going to know what happened to see what it was going to be a lot of those but of course it's not bears that pose the biggest challenge here they are merely a tactical problem. the strategic challenges that are in this is extremely rich your resources this new. man city. so that your. presence such a large territory is. the arctic boasts a wealth of natural resources diamonds copper iron oil gas and fish. and now the ice is melting faster and the ground is thawing it's getting easier to
extract these treasures. they're in great demand and only those who maintain a presence here can protect their interests it's a huge undertaking in canada the 2nd largest country on earth and a herculean task up here in the far north at the end of the world. we continue our journey traveling almost 2000 kilometers westward to fairbanks alaska and from there another 800 kilometers to the dead horse by the beaufort sea. it's now early october and we are on the dalton highway. much of it is just a mix of mud and gravel it's been called one of the world's most dangerous roads. crossing the yukon river we head northwards in the arctic following the route of
the trans alaska pipeline. and crossing the mighty brooks range of 1000 kilometer long mountain range that runs right across northern alaska. halfway along the route we had cold put a little more than a gas station in the middle of the wilderness until the mid 1990 s. the dalton highway was closed to normal traffic anyone wanting to use it needed a special permit from the oil companies. now truck drivers tell us they're encountering more and more tourists most come here in the winter to see the northern lights but they often underestimate the risks it's beautiful as it is nice as it is it's not to me it's not worth it because it's it is very dangerous you know and specially come on prepared just think about it you might have to walk you know 10 miles in this weather i thought people after they got there and just they're not that old you know they have life jackets they have you know tennis shoes and it's just not very smart it's jurists yeah pretty much. 'd 'd
we drive further into the mountains there's been a lot of snow fall in the last few days unusual for early october. 'd we stop off in a wiseman a village that bloomed during the gold rush. everywhere you can see relics from the days when the dalton highway and the trans alaska pipeline were being built in the arctic. just 14 people still live in weissman. where the freezers look like this and it's only october. here everything is pretty rustic. in his cabin jack recall office telling a group of chinese tourists about my friend the wilderness of sled how he shoots most and bears in order to survive. it's heavy caliber 8.6 millimeter
does this group a volatile mix like when its nose is missing the boat hits the animal open and shot frightens you here oh right along in the one that all of those to the long the heart continues to pump blood to the long haul gnashing of the long. run. oh. but jack tells us the hunting's not as good as it used to be as we got out of jeff davis i travel a lot as a right mind a lot about right but i looked at a lot of country but hardly anything in it. makes it harder makes it harder for jack came to weisman in 1971 with his parents that his father helped to build the doulton highway jackie explains why there are practically no more moose up here in the woods now i have 3 deep snow here since 2000 for 1.4 major snow and iowa it's the most especially when it melted on top and that froze there were breaking out of
the snow to their chest that outing themselves up on the on the edge of the snow sounds like it was thick crust like that it was killing. and it looks like this might be another bad year there's already too much snow for early october the air is too warm and too humid. the moose population doesn't have enough time to recover if deep snows occur every 4 or 5 years as they have in the last 2 decades. jack shows the chinese tourists some mighty moose antlers a popular photo motif. we asked these visitors what brought them here to the far north trying these people become richer on their return right now and that they want to see the whole sidles award. the best but i've never seen before i've never seen so far i hope hopefully i can see our us at night. as they attempt to drive away we hope they'll get to see the northern lights tonight. the conditions are
favorable. the night sky is clear and full of stars suddenly the heavenly light show commences. gradually becoming more and more spectacular. to. the next morning we continue our northward journey towards the arctic ocean following the trans alaska pipeline the road is icy for hours we fight our way
across the brooks range which separates central alaska from the north slope region . at the northern foot of the brooks range lies the 2 like field station scientists from around the world come here to research the changes in the arctic jed tim manages the station he says they now have mosquitoes and snakes that conserve the winter here that's something they know there's no denying climate change is real it's hard to argue with. that i i'm kind of in a weird spot because i you know i'm surrounded by science i grew up around science but i'm also a little bit of a redneck you know i like to like plants down machines but it's hard to argue with . you know with the research that i see in the glaciers and ice he's disappearing firsthand. you know just how much warmer our seasons are it's pretty obvious jeb says it's one thing that it's getting warmer but want to
happen as a result of this will be the really big problem there's enough permafrost up here that if. that thick surface later that layer that 2030 meter layer melts. the whole north slope is going to drop about 30 feet or 10 meters i forget he says it hasn't gotten to that yet but things are getting critical he also stresses that he's no expert he suggests we talk to vladimir romanov's one of the world's foremost permafrost researchers moment i ask you who advises governments and companies says the situation is quite clear. already have 35 years of measurements and during this period of time we started to is permafrost temperature about minus 8 now it's minus 4 on the north slope of alaska. both from 20132014 we have new really strong wave of warming where all sides in interior laska show very substantial
warming. should this continue it could also have serious consequences for energy supplies around the globe as more and more of the world's oil and gas supplies come from the arctic. in the many permafrost areas distributional prices vary on the wonder of some big chunks of q. almost your eyes there and when this chunks are melting then surface of size developing very very uneven surfaces and there's many occasions already exist where this subsidence already is threatening the boil structure infrastructure. heading north the trans alaska pipeline leads us out of the mountains and across the frozen arctic tundra a region of stunning natural beauty. then
we pull into a dead horse and the contrast couldn't be greater it's one big money mess and much warmer then further south. the dalton highway ends and dead horse at its only stop the general store teri underhill is one of the few women in dead horse she runs the store and like everyone here comes from the south she flies into work for 2 weeks and has 2 weeks off that's the rhythm of life here she tells us she's a big fan of donald trump like everyone here. we ask why obama made it so you can
drill up sure which killed us and he out lot a lot of stuff he put a lot of regulations on everything which made it to where they couldn't do anything and then when trump carolina lifted all the regulations and let us drill offshore again everything started opening up again so it was almost everyone was like a ghost town. but now dead horse has been brought back to life and work has returned to. the workers' camps are fully booked the huge containers stand on stilts like everything here that's built on or in the permafrost. because the land here lies just above sea level and in summer the upper layers of permafrost keep melting more and more gravel is spread to stabilize the ground. the question is how long will all this hold. all this infrastructure built to. extract material.
to exert a very warm. through flowing of crows and we'll make more and more problems water infrastructure and its design and build to extract this its goods so that's kind of irony here. we board a private plane for supplies to get a better overview of the situation the oil companies won't let us film their operations even though we to produce them weeks ago over hundreds of kilometers huge plants come into view built into the slowly warming permafrost all connected by the pipeline which runs through this swampy landscape. even offshore in the middle of the arctic ocean there are drilling platforms. our pilot tells us normally there'd be ice here. but he says this year things have changed.
anyway all the money i like of a good deal that may make you or me like lightning. like going to be. a new. day and when i get out very unusual that my year that i haven't done anything like all over the world. bob says it keeps getting warmer here. we wonder if the instability of the ground isn't already causing problems. already on the infrastructure in your fields. yes but it's it's it's not official information. and they ask us not to talk. but yes yes they have problems and that's why maybe the selling they sell in peace. because
come for more slow. oil giant b.p. is withdrawing from alaska entirely even though more and more oil fields are being discovered and opened up for drilling our journey around the arctic circle ends here in the alaskan oil fields for some there the promise of a brighter future for others they are part of the problem. we've traveled thousands of kilometers through this immense isolated region a world that's warming more quickly than any other on earth. in. a world that will determine the future of humanity. a huge demand for wrong materials and climate change are making life more unpredictable by the day. should the permafrost and ice crust disappear our world will be a different one. and the knowledge acquired here over the generations is already
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