Tag: Permafrost

Arctic's Melting Permafrost Will Cost The World $70 Trillion: Study

The Arctic's melting ice is causing climate change to accelerate even faster. It comes with a hefty price tag too. Researchers reveal that the global economic impact of the melting Arctic will reach nearly $70 trillion.

Earth/Environment April 23, 2019

Alpine Tundras Emit More CO2 Than They Absorb

The thawing permafrost in Colorado’s alpine tundras may not bode well in the fight against climate change. A new study revealed it is emitting more carbon than it collects each year.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2019

Siberian Worms Frozen In Permafrost For Up To 42,000 Years Defrosted Back To Life

After tens of thousands of years of being trapped in Siberian permafrost, two female nematodes were successfully defrosted. Researchers say they are showing signs of life, moving and eating.

Animals July 27, 2018

World's Largest Mercury Reserve Found Underneath Arctic Permafrost, And Climate Change Will Release It All

Researchers found the world's largest reserve of natural mercury hidden underneath Arctic permafrost. The discovery, however, comes with the warning that the toxic element may be released if the permafrost thaws due to climate change.

Earth/Environment February 7, 2018

Arctic ‘Doomsday’ Vault Gets Fitting Upgrade After Flooding Event

No seeds were compromised when the Svalbard Global Seed Vault became flooded by permafrost melt recently. But Norwegian government officials are not taking any chances and are upgrading the "doomsday" vault facility amid climate change.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2017

Norway Boosts Defense Of Arctic 'Doomsday' Vault Against Climate Change: Here's How

The world’s backup seed vault experienced water intrusion due to melted permafrost. The Norwegian government is now placing extra precautions to ensure the safety of the vault’s contents.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2017

Arctic ‘Doomsday’ Vault, Meant To Protect Against Disasters, Gets Flooded After Permafrost Melts

The Svalbard global seed vault has met its match in global warming. Arctic permafrost was thawed and flooded the vault after a series of heat waves.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2017

Doorway To Hell: Massive Crater Offers Glimpse Into Climate Change In Siberia

The Batagaika Crater, also known as the 'doorway to hell,' is the result of melting permafrost in Siberia. The crater offers climate scientists an opportunity to view more than 200,000 years of climate change in the region.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Carbon Dioxide Dominates Greenhouse Gases Generated By Arctic's Thawing Permafrost

Melting permafrost in the Arctic produces carbon dioxide and methane that may further exacerbate warming climate. What conditions influence the release of these greenhouse gases?

Earth/Environment June 14, 2016

Organic Carbon From Thawing Permafrost Quickly Turns Into Carbon Dioxide, Study Reveals

Two new studies warned that organic carbon from thawing permafrost was being quickly converted into more carbon dioxide into the air and water. Increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere had led to further warming of the planet and had triggered more thawing of permafrost.

Animals October 27, 2015

Thawing Of Permafrost In Alaska Could Begin By 2070: How This Could Accelerate Global Warming

Scientists are worried that if temperature levels of permafrost in Alaska continually rise up, thawing of these frozen soils will begin by 2070. Melted permafrost will trigger the acceleration of global warming.

Earth/Environment October 24, 2015

Scientists Want To 'Resurrect' 30,000 Year-Old Giant Virus Found Frozen In Siberia

Scientists discovered a giant prehistoric virus frozen in Siberian permafrost. This is the second prehistoric virus discovered by the same team and the fourth overall since 2003. Resembling human pathogens, the virus could pose a threat to humans and animals if unleashed. The researchers are still assessing whether it could be infectious or not.

Life September 11, 2015

Large Alaskan Wildfires Can Have Considerable Effect on Climate Change

Research ecologists warn that the continued occurrence of wildfires in Alaska could potentially lead to more carbon emissions in the air, especially when the carbon deposits in the permafrost are to be released.

Earth/Environment July 30, 2015

Shrubs In Arctic Growing Taller: May Disrupt Reflection Of Sunlight Back Into Space

The amount of shrub in the Arctic increases with the rise in global temperatures, a phenomenon that causes the thawing of the permafrost and worsens global warming.

Earth/Environment July 8, 2015

Scientists Warn Of Climate Change 'Time Bomb' Locked In World's Permafrost

As nations gather for climate talks, researchers warn of a vicious global warming cycle that could be triggered by the thawing of permafrost. Northern Hemisphere permafrost holds twice the carbon already in the atmosphere, they say.

Animals June 10, 2015

Arctic Permafrost Won't Release Carbon Bomb, Study Concludes

Thawing permafrost in the Arctic is likely to take decades, not years, to release vast quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Why is this still not good news for the environment?

Earth/Environment April 8, 2015

Methane Leaking from Siberian Permafrost: Dangerous Addition to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Permafrost layer keeping methane from leaking into the atmosphere from ocean off Siberia is thin and weak, researchers say. Thawing with global warming could release a flood of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, they say.

Earth/Environment December 27, 2014

Why the discovery of holes in Siberia is more important than you think

Mysterious large holes are appearing in remote parts of Siberia. Environmental scientists believe they indicate a new and alarming trend linked to global warming.

Internet Culture July 30, 2014

Permafrost thawing leading to additional global warming?

Is permafrost melting in polar regions leading to more global warming? A new study shows that is exactly what is happening - but why?

Earth/Environment April 8, 2014

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