An introduction to Permafrost


A brief introduction to permafrost, including newer findings.

Credits
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National Park Service
Mariama Dryak
Zachary Richter
SWIPA 2017
Vladimir Romanovsky

Sources
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Climate Change in the Arctic
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C352BB55-1DD8-B71C-079DCE23BBA86D5E

Permafrost
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C352BB55-1DD8-B71C-079DCE23BBA86D5E

Teaser image International Permafrost Association https://ipa.arcticportal.org/publications/occasional-publications/what-is-permafrost

The Future of Energy (1993)

This historic film outlined 25 years ago an assessment of emerging energy resources, and also mentions briefly solar and wind power. This film discusses energy development in light of global warming. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. Production: United States Geological Survey Digitization Date: 1996; Digitizing Organization: Carnegie Mellon University…

An introduction to Methane Hydrates

This lecture was held in 2008 by Scripps Institution of Oceanography geochemist Miriam Kastner. This version has been slightly edited.

Release via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSTm6cZjO14

Further reading
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Methane clathrate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate

Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum –
Ocean https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleocene–Eocene_Thermal_Maximum#Ocean

Teaser image credit: Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

Music by WOWSound, “Tree of Life”.

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Permafrost may release largest Mercury source on Earth

There are 32 million gallons worth of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost. For context, that’s “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and oceans combined. And it could be released. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/02/05/the-arctic-is-full-of-toxic-mercury-and-climate-change-is-going-to-release-it Ambarchik: Research on permafrost at the Siberian arctic coast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGcJnRgzy4 Permafrost…

Energy consumption Bitcoin vs Banking System

The highest estimates for Bitcoins annual terawatt hours consumption is 28.67. This means, more than 3 times more efficient than a very conservative calculation of the cost of the global banking system. Carlos Domingo: The Bitcoin vs Visa Electricity Consumption Fallacy https://hackernoon.com/the-bitcoin-vs-visa-electricity-consumption-fallacy-8cf194987a50 Jonathan Koomey gets quoted in the Washington Post, and other estimates https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/19/why-the-bitcoin-craze-is-using-up-so-much-energy Highest…

Richard Alley: Science works…science helps us!

Presidential Forum keynote speaker Richard Alley, renowned glaciologist and climate scientist, at the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LjfwDXmna0 Eminent geologist and ace science communicator Richard Alley (Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University) addressed a rapt audience of hundreds in Austin, Texas, on Sunday at the 98th Annual Meeting of the…

Climate State’s Year 2017 in Review

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Trump: Record Cold Disproves Global Warming!

CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning caused the Arctic to warm at least twice as fast as the rest of globe, resulting in the disappearance of Arctic sea ice – which in turn weakens the polar vortex, which in turn favors cold air intrusion into lower latitudes, and vise-versa.

Trump’s tweet https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/946531657229701120

Expert asks, can we control the climate crisis in time?

Stefan Rahmstorf speaks at the 2017 Bonn climate conference, explaining the basics of global climate change, and outlines our current emissions pathway – asking if we can control the climate crisis. The talk is titled Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?

Stefan Rahmstorf’s homepage http://www.pik-potsdam.de/~stefan