On Thin Ice
The People of the North
  • The Arctic is a bad place to get stuck in the snow

    Part of producing these stories involved a lot of road miles. Sean and Andrew learned the hard way to be careful on picking their roads.

  • Permafrost and sea ice are canaries in the coal mine

    Our first stop during our months of reporting on climate change in the high north, wasn’t in the Arctic – but it was an important visit.  Permafrost is becoming more and more critical to greenhouse gases filtering into the atmosphere. We went to the permafrost research tunnel in Fairbanks, Alaska to learn more.

  • Sunset time lapse videos from the top of the globe

    As part of their working assignment Sean Callebs and Andrew Smith were able to see some spectacular sunset from the Arctic.

  • Sampling the food of the Arctic

    One thing you learn quickly when visiting small Arctic indigenous communities, is how important subsistence hunting is to the residents.

  • Watch a sneak peek of ‘On Thin Ice’

    “On Thin Ice: The People of the North” is a CCTV America documentary production premiering this week.

  • Behind the scenes

    I spent about two and a half months in the Arctic and in Alaska working on “On Thin Ice.” It’s tough to condense how amazing it was to be in the environment, and what it meant to drive on a frozen river, or spend hours out on the frozen Arctic Ocean on a snowmobile.

  • Stops along the way creating ‘On Thin Ice’

    The locations where “On Thin Ice” was produced:

  • Point Hope: Barometer for Change

    What’s at stake? I remember being out on a little spit of land on the far end of Point Hope, Alaska – an icy patch covering the sand that separates the Bering and Chukchi Seas and realizing how amazing it was being that far above the Arctic Circle.

  • Icebreaking the Northwest Passage

    You cannot talk about the change in conditions in the Arctic in North America without talking about being able to navigate the “Northwest Passage.”

  • Behind the lens

    Covering the complex and controversial topic of global warming can be a tall task. Even when reporting from a part of the world that has seen the most dramatic effects of climate change, filming day-to-day in the arctic is a challenge on many levels.

  • Learning to drive a dog sled the hard way

    OK, the animals are sled dogs. Now, is the contraption they drag around called a dog sled?

  • Videos from On Thin Ice

    Watch the videos from behind the scenes and CCTV America newscasts here.