Climate Change

Arctic's melting permafrost will cost nearly $70 trillion, study finds

An aerial view shows thermokarst lakes outside the town of Chersky in northeast Siberia August 28, 2007. For millennia, layers of animal waste and other organic matter left behind by the creatures that used to roam the Arctic tundra have been sealed inside the frozen permafrost. Now climate change is thawing the permafrost and lifting this prehistoric ooze from suspended animation. Zimov, a scientist who for almost 30 years has studied climate change in Russia's Arctic, believes that as this organic matter becomes exposed to the air it will accelerate global warming faster than even some of the most pessimistic forecasts.  Picture taken August 28, 2007.  To match feature ARCTIC-RUSSIA/PERMAFROST   REUTERS/Dmitry Solovyov (RUSSIA) - GM1DWEBZDFAA

Climate change policy is not keeping pace with the reality of the situation. Image: REUTERS/Dmitry Solovyov

Jake Johnson
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Graph showing Global mean surface temperature (GMST) anomalies that predict melting permafrost Image: Nature
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