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Underreported: Alaska's Melting Permafrost

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It’s estimated that the world’s permafrost contains 1,600 billion tons of carbon. As global temperatures rise, there are growing concerns about that all that permafrost could melt, releasing those gasses into the atmosphere. On today’s second Underreported Vladimir Romanovsky, a geophysics professor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks explains what happens when permafrost melts and what’s happened to villages in Alaska that have already been affected by the effects of melting permafrost.

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Comments [2]

Phyllis

Maybe they shouldn't call it permafrost any longer.

Dec. 10 2009 01:36 PM
Melissa from Ridgewood, NJ

In her recent Washington Post op-ed, Sarah Palin called melting permafrost one of several "natural, cyclical environmental trends" —- in other words, not a result of human-caused global warming.

While it is unlikely that Palin can be persuaded by science or reason, for the benefit of the reality-based community ... please explain, Prof. Romanovsky.

Dec. 10 2009 09:50 AM

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