Thawing permafrost is full of ice-forming particles that could get into atmosphere

New research shows that permafrost contains huge amounts of particles that make it easier for cloud moisture to freeze. Thawing permafrost is releasing these ice-nucleating particles.

Thomas Hill, Research Scientist, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

Peatlands keep a lot of carbon out of Earth's atmosphere, but that could end with warming and development

Peat beds around the world hold huge quantities of carbon and keep it from warming the planet. But rising temperatures and over-use could turn them from a brake on climate change into an accelerant.

Julie Loisel, Assistant Professor of Geography, Texas A&M University • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~9 min

From permafrost microbes to survivor songbirds – research projects are also victims of COVID-19 pandemic

Three scientists describe the fieldwork they've had to delay in 2020 because of the pandemic. These are setbacks not just for their careers, but for the body of scientific knowledge.

Miriah Kelly, Assistant Professor of Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~10 min

Mammoth task: the Russian family on a resurrection quest to tackle the climate crisis

The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.

Charlotte Wrigley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~24 min

We mapped the world's frozen peatlands – what we found was very worrying

Peatlands will become a major source of greenhouse gases as the permafrost thaws.

Gustaf Hugelius, Senior Lecturer, Physical Geography, Stockholm University • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~5 min

A 20,000-tonne oil spill is contaminating the Arctic – it could take decades to clean up

Climate change is thawing permafrost and increasing the risk of these accidents, and the region has fewer of the bacteria that can 'clean up' oil spills.

Antonia Law, Lecturer in Geography, Keele University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

Siberia heatwave: why the Arctic is warming so much faster than the rest of the world

Models have predicted for some time that with every degree of global warming, the Arctic will see double or more.

Jonathan Bamber, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Bristol • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Triple-digit heat in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Triple-digit heat in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave fits a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

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