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The Climate Secrets of Lake El’gygytgyn

Lake sediments in a Siberian crater show that the last time atmospheric carbon dioxide was at present levels, global temperatures were 14.4 degrees hotter, forests covered the tundra and sea levels were up to 130 feet higher than they are today.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



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How Bad Will It Be When the Permafrost Melts?

If the Earth’s average global temperature rises by another few tenths of a degree, a large area of Siberian permafrost will start to melt uncontrollably, releasing 160 to 290 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the years that follow. But the dangers have been overhyped, a British climate scientist says.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Russian Authorities Aren’t Toying Around

After a protest against the Russian government composed entirely of plush toys and figurines captured the attention of the press and local authorities in Barnaul, Russia, last month, government officials have gone so far as to specify that inanimate playthings can’t assemble for public political gatherings.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S., Russian Satellites Collide, Go Boom

It’s getting crowded in space. A U.S. telecommunications satellite and a defunct Russian satellite smacked into each other in orbit over Siberia on Tuesday. According to NASA, no one was to blame for the unprecedented collision: “We don’t have an air traffic controller in space.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Russian Flag on North Pole Seabed

Although Canada and the U.S., among other nations, are disputing Russia’s claim to vast territory in the Arctic, Russia has planted its flag on the ocean floor at the North Pole.  Why does it matter?  Well, some 25 percent of the Earth’s oil reserves might be at stake.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


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