Sunday, August 12, 2012

Planet in Peril - Greenland - Part 2

Last week we looked at Anderson's shoot from Greenland in May of 2007. That shoot resulted in the following two part segment that aired as part of the Planet In Peril Special on CNN, October 23 & 24th of that year ~

October 4, 2007:

On AC360, Anderson showed the following preview which contained some information about Dennis Schmitt that was not included in the final segments ~

COOPER: Coming up next, a dramatic example of what one scientist says is global warming, an island no one knew was there. Meet the man who discovered it and find out how it affects our planet in peril, next.
COOPER: In our voyage around the world, visiting four continents, 13 countries for this month's Planet in Peril documentary, we saw many of the affects of climate change. One of the most striking is the island you're about to see off the eastern coast of Greenland. At first glance, there's nothing really remarkable about it. It's shores are baron and rocky. It's snow-capped peeks are pretty desolate. But the fact that you can glance at it is remarkable enough.
Simply put, without global warming, scientists say this island would not exist.

COOPER (voice-over): Constable Point, Greenland, to say this place is remote is an understatement. We're here with explorer Dennis Schmitt, traveling up the east coast to his latest discovery. After a few fly-byes, we touch down. This is one of the world's newest and least explored islands.
DENNIS SCHMITT, EXPLORER: No one has ever been here before. We're the first to be here.
COOPER: No one's ever been here?
SCHMITT: We're the first to ever walk here.

As part of an interview with TVWeek, prior to the October 2007 airing of Planet In Peril, Anderson shared a little more ~

TVWeek: What was the toughest challenge you faced with this project?
Mr. Cooper: Certainly operating in Greenland is difficult. There are rugged conditions and we were literally in the middle of nowhere on an ice sheet with a team of scientists studying the shrinkage of the ice sheet, how much the snow is melting and how much the ice is melting. So getting to them and spending a week at the highest elevation or the highest latitude point on the map that CNN had ever done a live shot from was technically a very difficult shoot. Sleeping in subzero temperatures in a tent for days at a time is always a difficult thing when you're trying to shoot television at the same time.

TVWeek: When people say you have a glamorous job, is this the kind of reporting you tell them you're doing?
Mr. Cooper: It's funny because there's a line that I say repeatedly at times like those in Greenland, when we're in tough situations, and I actually said it several times in the Amazon, when we were sleeping on the floor of a mud hut in the village of the tribe called the Kraho who feel there are loggers poaching on their land and they go out every day trying to protect their land with bows and arrows. So we're sleeping on a mud floor and living off Clif Bars and Snickers and the rain is pouring down and there are tons of mosquitoes. I would turn to our group and say, "It's the glamour of the job that I love." One of my cameramen actually got bitten by some sort of a spider that implanted eggs in him and they proceeded to grow after he got home. ... Once he was hospitalized he was OK, but I reminded him then how glamorous our jobs are.

Until next week....

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