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Russian heatwave thaws Siberian permafrost, releasing decades-old anthrax virus

Newstalk 106-108 fm - ‎17 hours ago‎
A massive heatwave across Russia this summer has resulted in the permafrost in Siberia to begin to melt. With temperatures in the region raising ten degrees Fahrenheit higher than normal ranges for this time of year, bacteria that had been frozen there ...

Methane bubbles in melting permafrost a very serious warning

Digital Journal - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
Something strange is happening on Bely Island in the Kara Sea. Fifteen large bubbles have been found in the melting permafrost, and when someone steps on one, it will tremble, sort of like a water-bed.
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Now the proof: permafrost 'bubbles' are leaking methane 200 times above the norm

The Siberian Times - ‎Jul 22, 2016‎
The swelling pockets in the permafrost - revealed this week by The Siberian Times - are leaking 'alarming' levels of ecologically dangerous gases, according to scientists who have observed this 'unique' phenomenon.
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Anthrax sickens 13 in western Siberia, and a thawed-out reindeer corpse may be to blame

Washington Post - ‎Jul 28, 2016‎
Across Siberia, some provinces warmed an additional 10 degrees Fahrenheit beyond normal. In the fields, large bubbles of vegetation appeared above the melting permafrost - strange pockets of methane or, more likely, water. Record fires blazed through ...

Methane gas trapped underground in Siberia causes earth's surface to wobble

The Independent - ‎Jul 24, 2016‎
Enormous gas bubbles trapped underground are causing areas of grass in Siberia to tremble like trampolines. Methane gas, which is twice as potent as carbon dioxide in warming the Earth's atmosphere and is usually locked beneath permafrost, is ...

There's a Good Explanation for This Bouncy Patch of Grass in Siberia

WIRED - ‎Jul 25, 2016‎
During an unusually hot summer this year, researchers in Siberia stumbled upon fifteen of these oddly bouncy patches of grass. They suspected, according to the Siberian Times, methane bubbling up from melting permafrost—and subsequent stories were ...

Something's making Siberia's tundra literally bubble under people's feet

ScienceAlert - ‎Jul 26, 2016‎
So what's going on here? More research needs to be done, but one hypothesis is that Europe's recent heatwave caused the tundra's permafrost to thaw, releasing methane gas just below the surface. "It is likely that that 10 days of extraordinary heat ...

The ground in Siberia is turning into a trampoline and we should all be worried

Tech Insider - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
However, it's probably for similar reasons to those terrifying, hell-mouth craters keep opening up: The unseasonably warm weather in the Arctic regions (and let's be honest, everywhere) is causing permafrost - that is, the ground that should literally ...

Sur la route du permafrost

Tribune de Genève - ‎Jul 28, 2016‎
«Le bitume a simplement été jeté sur le sol, constitué de permafrost (lire encadré). C'est la fonte de ce dernier qui rend le terrain instable et provoque des affaissements.» Aujourd'hui, les quelque 350 kilomètres qui séparent les deux cités ...
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Long-term thinking needed for Churchill

Winnipeg Free Press - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
At that time, permafrost was not really a factor. Early climate change a century ago had virtually no impact on northern Manitoba.

Anthrax sickens 13 in Siberia. And a thawed-out reindeer corpse may be to blame

The New Hamburg Independent - ‎Jul 28, 2016‎
Across Siberia, some provinces warmed an additional 10 degrees Fahrenheit beyond normal. In the fields, large bubbles of vegetation appeared above the melting permafrost - strange pockets of methane or, more likely, water. Record fires blazed through ...
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Siberia: bolle di gas nel permafrost

Focus - ‎Jul 24, 2016‎
Adesso si è scoperto un altro fenomeno curioso, sul quale stanno ora indagando Alezander Sokolov (Accademia delle Scienze Russa) e Dotothee Ehrich (Tromsø University, Norvegia): nel permafrost (terreno perennemente ghiacciato) si formano delle ...

Mysterious Air Bubbles Make Siberian Land Act Like a Waterbed

EcoWatch - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
While the exact reason for these spots hasn't been determined, environmental researchers think they could be linked to the release of methane by melting permafrost under the surface. When Sokolov and Ehrich punctured one of the spots, air escaped from it.

Climate change must be on our agenda - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
Canadians are already feeling the effects, from extreme weather events such as the severe flooding that hit Burlington in August 2014, to thawing permafrost, longer heat waves and increased precipitation over large parts of Canada. While governments ...

University of Lethbridge professor takes to the skies for cross-country research mission - ‎Jul 26, 2016‎
The duo is determined to study the ins and outs of Canada's ecosystems, including forests, water resources and wetlands, as well as the effects of climate change, such as flood hazards and permafrost loss. “While the mission has many partners and ...

Spill Response, Site Assessment, and Remediation of a Gasoline Release in Nunavut

HazMat Management Magazine (subscription) - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
The unique elements in the cleanup included conducting a forensic assessment and locating a free-phase product plume in permafrost fractures, use of hydrocarbon fingerprinting to determine the age/type of impacts, adapting southern technologies for ...
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Bouncy grass in the Arctic hides dangerous secret

The Weather Network - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
Melting permafrost often gives off greenhouse gases such as methane. Many tracts of permafrost have been frozen for thousands of years, trapping nutrients that are a feast for bacteria when they melt out.

Unique 3D Views of Alaskan Forest Captured with 3D Scanner

Live Science - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
Currently, the ABoVE team is re-surveying the Tanana Valley to assess the ecological impacts of climate change. Thawing permafrost, wildfires and changes to wildlife habitats are affecting Alaska and northwestern Canada, according to the Earth ...
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Putin's cloning army reach 'Jurassic Park' breakthrough to bring extinct woolly mammoth back to life - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
The crack team is working on genetic material from mammoths - like blood and soft tissue - which has remained preserved for tens of thousands of years in the Siberian permafrost and only recently dug up. In the hit 1993 film Jurrasic Park a team of ...

Could we bring the woolly mammoth back to life? Scientists say they have reached milestone in efforts to clone the ...

Daily Mail - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
Professor Hwang said Putin's interest in his work was 'evident' and that the new World Mammoth Centre, which will include underground laboratories built in the permafrost, will bring the final cloning goal 'closer'. One of his Russian collaborators ...