This week Anderson is in Greenland, close to the top of the world. We have covered a lot of miles since we began our "Planet in Peril" series. We began in Southeast Asia - Thailand and Cambodia, then we moved to the rain forest of Brazil. Last week we looked at the re-introduction of Grey Wolves into Yellowstone National Park, and now Greenland, the world's largest island, aside from Australia. Today we are going to look at Anderson's reporting from Greenland while there filming and next week we'll look at the finished Planet In Peril segments ~
May 24th, 2007 - Constable Pynt, Greenland:
John King held down the AC360 anchor desk while Anderson and his team were in Greenland. Jeff Corwin was able to get his video feed from Swiss Camp to work, but Anderson called into the program as he was in an even more remote location. As John said, they had a little problem with their technical connections to Anderson's "close to the top of the world" location.
Anderson, can you hear me?
COOPER: Yes, I can, John. Yes, we're on Constable Point, which is on the east coast of Greenland. Jeff is much farther west than we are. ~
May 25, 2007 - Swiss Camp, Greenland:
The next night, Anderson's face popped up when John King threw to him!
And our anchor is in Greenland, along with wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin, where global warming is being felt.
Let's check in right off the top with Anderson.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Hey, John. Thanks very much.
Good evening, everyone.
We are about as deep in the Arctic as you can get. We are about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle in a research station called -- called Swiss Camp. Here, researchers and scientists from -- from NASA and the University of Colorado have been working for years, trying to understand the amount of climate change that has taken place here in Greenland -- of course, climate change, in large part, due to global warming -- and how that's going to impact all of us around the world, in particular, how it's going to -- what it means for -- for sea levels around the world.
This camp is extremely desolate. The conditions are brutal. It is extremely cold. You can see the -- the tents where these scientists are living for several weeks out of each year. It is an extremely remote camp.
We will have a lot more from here later on in the program.
Anderson shared a report and then went Live with John and Jeff Corwin ~
COOPER: This is Anderson Cooper.
And I'm here with wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin. We're in Swiss Camp, which is in the interior of Greenland, about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
This is about as remote a place you can possibly get for -- for a live shot.....
....KING: Anderson, thank you. Fascinating stuff. And good to see both you and Jeff. And our thanks to the producer, Charlie Moore, on that trip and the crew, as well. Trust us when we tell you, it is not easy to get a live television signal out of the top of the world. It's great to see Anderson and Jeff. And we'll see more, as he said, in the days ahead.
Couldn't resist sharing this "out take" from Anderson's repelling experience. How many "bleeps" did you count?! ~
May 30, 2007 - New York City, NY:
Anderson wrote about his experience and posted it on the AC360 blog, once he was back in NYC. I'm thinking he had to wait for his fingers to thaw out before he could type?
Five days, same clothes, no toothbrush
The car alarms. The garbage trucks. The straphangers who crowd the doors on the subway and then lean into you as you try to squeeze past them.
Ah, it's good to be back in New York. At least when it's warm.
I just spent a few days in Greenland for our "Planet in Peril" series. We were at a place called Swiss Camp, it's a research outpost run by a scientist named Konrad Steffen out of the University of Colorado.
A more remote spot I have not been to. Nothing but ice as far as the eye could see. We all slept in tents and the toilet was a hole in the ice in an igloo. They call it the shigloo. You can guess why.
It was stunningly beautiful there, and the researchers were a great bunch - wickedly smart, but also very funny. When it's ten below zero a sense of humor is essential. I have to confess, I'm not a big fan of the cold. How cold was it? It was so cold I didn't bother to change out of my clothes for the entire five day stay. I slept fully dressed in a sleeping bag, and I didn't even bother to brush my teeth the entire time.
The scientists are there for a month. I don't know how they stand it. By the time the helicopter came to pick us up I wanted to run towards it as fast as possible. Complaining aside, it was a great experience and I learned a lot about how the ice is melting in Greenland and how it is going to affect sea levels for generations to come. We're planning to have some of what we shot on the program tonight....
....There is always something for everyone.
See you tonight.
-- By Anderson Cooper
Until next week....