60 Minutes Goes To The Bottom Of The World And To The Top of A Glacier To See The Fastest Warming Place On Earth
This segment was originally broadcast on April 1, 2007. It was updated on Aug. 14, 2007.
If you were waiting for the day global warming would change the world, that day is here. It’s happening, far from civilization’s notice, in a place about as remote as you can get.
Scientists believed Antarctica, at the bottom of the world, was too vast, too remote, to be bothered by climate change any time soon. But now glaciers are setting speed records for melting and whole colonies of penguins are disappearing.
Why does it matter?
Antarctica is a climate giant, driving ocean and wind currents worldwide, with enormous potential to raise sea levels.