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The Permafrost Timebomb?
June 13, 2013 | NASA

Over hundreds of thousands of years the Arctic permafrost has accumulated an enormous store of organic carbon. As it thaws from climate change the plant debris will decay and carbon dioxide and methane will be release into the atmosphere. Permafrost contains at least 4x more carbon than fossil fuel burning has produced since 1850.


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Permafrost Studies
March 27, 2014 | USGS
"In the next 50 years, as arctic systems warm, the release of carbon and nitrogen in permafrost could greatly exacerbate the warming phenomenon. Thawing is impacting ecosystems on land and offshore." Quoted from the USGS feature.

Antarctic Permafrost Melt Rate
July 25, 2013 | Jackson School of Geosciences
"For the first time, scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost, or ground ice, in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable." Quoted from the Jackson School of Geosciences press release.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather
September 9, 2013 | National Geographic
A National Geographic article titled: Scientists Weigh Climate Change Role in 2012 Weather explores the possibility that human-induced climate change might have contributed to Hurricane Sandy, drought in the Midwest or melting arctic ice.


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