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Student Fiona Seifert discusses climate change at film festival

Posted: June 18, 2013

Student Fiona Seifert discusses climate change at film festival

Doctoral student Fiona Seifert attended the Young Leaders Film Festival in California to teach the audience about the scientific ideas in Chasing Ice, a climate change documentary.

“It was a great opportunity to talk to the community about climate change,” Seifert says.

Chasing Ice is about environmental photographer James Balog’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of the changing planet. Using time-lapse cameras across the Arctic, Balog captured a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Seifert spoke to the audience after the film about climate change, retreating glaciers and ice sheet behavior. She also answered questions on climate policy, current research and future expectations about the state of cyrosphere.

Seifert says the audience found some of the connections between extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and floods, and climate change to be surprising.

“There were people who said that the film did a good job of showing them the problem in a way they hadn't thought about.”

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