In the early hours of March 24, 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing the worst environmental disaster in North American history. Millions of gallons of crude oil washed ashore. The oil industry was completely unprepared to respond to the spill. A thick black tide rose and covered the beaches of once-pristine Prince William Sound. For weeks dramatic images of dead seabirds and sea otters covered in oil screened across the world. For 20 years the residents of the little town of Cordova waged the longest legal battle in US history - against the world's most powerful oil company - ExxonMobil.
Every year over 11 million tourists visit the Pacific Ocean, and hundreds perish in its 165 million square kilometres. In this episode, Bear Grylls comes face to face with man-eating sharks in the Pacific, where he must also deal with rip currents, coral reefs and pounding surf. Bear also shows how to survive on a deserted island and live to tell the tale. Includes previously unseen footage and new survival techniques.
Following the successful sea crossing from Elephant Island, Tim Jarvis must now traverse the mountains of South Georgia to complete his re-enactment of Shackleton's 'double'. But injury, illness and bad weather are against him - the carefully picked team shrinks to just three, leaving Tim, Royal Marine Baz Gray and sailor Paul Larsen to finish the job.
In January 2013 polar explorer Tim Jarvis set out to complete the 'Shackleton Double' - an authentic recreation of the epic journey undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton nearly 100 years before after his ship sank and his 27 man crew we marooned in Antarctica. To save his men, Shackleton made a gruelling 800 mile sea voyage across the Southern Ocean, followed by a non-stop traverse of the crevasse-laden and previously uncharted glaciers of South Georgia. This is the journey Tim set out to recreate.
What better way to open up the discussion about climate change than to send two very passionate and intelligent Australians, with opposing views, on a mutual journey of discovery around the globe. Each has the chance to track down whomever they like to help aid their side of the ongoing climate change debate.