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:

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:




About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
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One 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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