"We're Scarily Close to the Permafrost Tipping Point"

"Permafrost—the ground that stays frozen for two or more consecutive years—is a ticking time bomb of climate change. Some 24 percent of Northern Hemisphere land is permafrost. That's 9 million square miles (23 million square kilometers) found mostly in Siberia, the Tibetan Plateau, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and other higher mountain regions."

"Unfortunately, thawing permafrost releases massive amounts of methane and/or carbon dioxide. The question is whether that would happen over the course of decades or over a century or more. This short video from the Yale Climate Forum explains the current scientific thinking on just how close we might be to the lethal tipping point."

Julia Whitty reports for Mother Jones March 5, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"US Scientists Report Big Jump in Heat-Trapping CO2" (AP)

"Global Warming: Yet Another Threat To Southwest's Iconic Pinyon Pine?" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Will Ships Sail Through The North Pole by 2050?" (Christian Science Monitor)

Source: Mother Jones, 03/06/2013