ICYMI – Vanishing permafrost in Siberia and Thunberg’s call for changes in Glasgow
Sergey Zimov, 66, a scientist who works at Russia’s Northeast Science Station, holds an ice crystal in the underground area where sample materials are stored in permafrost at the Pleistocene Park outside of the town of Chersky, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Despite being one of the coldest places on earth, there are no signs of permafrost in Siberia as global warming permeates the region’s soil. This thawing of the soil threatens to release vast amounts of greenhouse gases, as everything from mammoth bones to ancient vegetation warms enough for it to decompose. Our team met with scientist Sergey Zimov who studies the area and is seeing the effects of climate change in real time.
Also on a mission to raise alarm bells about the imminent impact of a warming planet was Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist who spoke to audiences at a rally near the COP26 site. “This COP26 is so far just like the previous COPs. And that has led us nowhere. They have led us nowhere.”
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