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Parts of the Arctic are not freezing in winter

Sections of Arctic soil are no longer freezing over all year round, threatening to pump thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  Scientists found that soil in one of the world's coldest regions remained mushy and damp throughout the most recent winter.  During these months the soil normally freezes over, forming a protective layer over Arctic permafrost that houses billions of tonnes of ancient carbon.  Scientists warned that without this insulation, the permafrost will begin to melt, potentially releasing a dangerous payload of carbon dioxide and methane.  Read more...



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