Climate Change

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect

A man walks through a tunnel formed from  crystals of permafrost outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, January 28, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century have been recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the 'Pole of Cold', where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in 1933.     REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) - LM2E92F1AO201

Melting permafrost could amplify climate change. Image: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov.

Emma Charlton
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