Scientists who try to assemble data on the stability of one of the Earth’s largest carbon sinks may find that job-finding efforts are hampered by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Permafrost, the frozen ground that covers about 60% of Russia’s territory, is estimated to contain double the amount of greenhouse gas as the atmosphere.

It is feared that, since the thaw is widespread, a positive feedback loop would be created with greenhouse gases released helping accelerate global warming, accelerate the disappearance of remaining permafrost and release more carbon.

A team from Northumbria University has recently won a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to continue its decades of research into rock formations from Siberian caves.

The last interglacial period occurred about 130.000 years ago and there’s an enormous amount of evidence in terms of the climate at that time.

Much depends on regional environmental dynamics: Some permafrost regions have defrosted already, notably in faraway eastern Siberia.

They all arise as a result of carbonate accumulation in dripping water.

Dr Sebastian Breitenbach, who heads the research organization, added: “The development in Ukraine is a catastrophe not only for the people in Ukraine, but also for globally connected climate science.


Northumbria University

Northumbria University is a UK public university located in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East of England. It has been a university since 1992, but has its origins in the Rutherford College, (wikipedia)


Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is the president of Russia, a position he has filled since 2012, and previously from 2000 until 2008. (wikipedia)

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