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What is permafrost and why might it be the climate change time bomb?

February 26, 2019
Forget about carbon emissions and carbon neutrality – if permafrost continues to melt at current rates, it could be game over for humanity

What is permafrost?

Permafrost is a layer of soil, rock or sediment that is frozen for more than two consecutive years. It is commonly found in snowy, high-altitude mountains. About a quarter of the entire northern hemisphere has permafrost, but it is especially prevalent in areas above the 50th parallel north.