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Gore's Antarctic Sellout Crowd: 17 Freezing Scientists

3:54 PM, Jun 12, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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WWS pal Tim Slagle writes in with word on Al Gore's epic global warming concert series, which is to feature musical performances from all seven continents broadcast live on July 7. Unfortunately, it seems that the concert that is to take place on Antarctica will not quite have the star-power that Gore had sought:

about_band3.jpgNunatuk warms up the crowd, but they may need more lighting
for the show--the sun never rises at the camp in July.

According to Linda Capper, representative for the British Antarctic Survey, the Antarctic leg of the Live Earth Show will not be a "Major Concert" as Al Gore once promised. In fact according to Linda: "We have a house band--five of our science team. They are very good indie rock-folk fusion."

The Rothera Research Station is under British jurisdiction, and home to only 22 winter residents. July 7th is mid winter down there and it is completely inaccessible by plane or boat. But that didn't deter the Oscar winning star of An Inconvenient Truth. Back in February, Gore's office contacted the BAS requesting a flight into Rothera. The questioned Linda "about the possibility to fly an artiste [no-one specific] into to the research station in July." When Al Gore was informed that July is winter in Antarctica, and completely inaccessible, Linda Capper suggested letting the scientists play. She actually sent a cameraman down to Rothera in March on one of the last flights of the season, to film a video of the band.

The band is called Nunatak, which is a Greenlandic word for an exposed summit of a ridge mountain or peak not covered with snow. As for audience, according to Linda: The remaining 17 [residents] will be the audience on location.

So Gore's attempt to rock Antarctica in the name of global warming was stymied by the fact that the continent is so darn cold as to be virtually uninhabitable and completely inaccessible at the time of the event. Still, if you want a glimpse of Nunatuk, you can check out the roughly 75 hours of event coverage that NBC Universal will serve up.