Permafrost and Warming Climate

The permafrost is melting and that will put a lot of extra CO2 into the atmosphere.

My son Ben just sent me this link to a short film laying out some of the science:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLCgybStZ4g

He has the last word, at the end, based on his research that will culminate this summer in his degree so he’ll be a Ph.D. like the others who speak on the film. And then, of course, the Nobel Prize.

Here a photo of a thermokarst (caused by melting permafrost) like the ones Ben and others are studying:

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About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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1 Response to Permafrost and Warming Climate

  1. Lyn says:

    Exxon Valdez, Pebble Mine Project, thermokarst, what’s next? the land I have loved so long and knew so well has become unrecognizable…

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