Siberian permafrost shows signs of global warming

Stalactites and stalagmites in Siberia have shown evidence of thawing, threatening a release of giga-tonnes of stored carbon.

Research conducted in caves in Siberia has suggested that a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees could cause regions of permafrost to begin to thaw. Permafrost naturally stores carbon, and if thawed could potentially release 1000 giga-tonnes of greenhouse gases, greatly increasing the rate of global warming.

This release of gases would cause extensive damage to natural ecosystems and human environments.

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