Germafrost

“The Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

The facility was swiftly renamed the Global Sprout Vault – vault as in spring.

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Not-so-permafrost

“Anthrax spores can survive in frozen human and animal remains for hundreds of years, waiting to be released by a thaw. … The warmer climate has begun thawing the permafrost soil that covers much of Russia, including cemeteries and animal burial grounds. Thawing permafrost has also led to greater erosion of river banks where nomads often buried their dead.” (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/01/anthrax-outbreak-climate-change-arctic-circle-russia)

Bothered? Nothing to worry about. Not like we forgot something in the deep freeze. Apart from the anthrax. And that methane that keeps bubbling up and exploding. No radioactive remnants, no, nothing like that.

Crater

“A mystery crater spotted in the frozen Yamal peninsula in Siberia earlier this month was probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed, researchers in Russia say. … Since the crater was reported, local reindeer herders have noted a similar but smaller hole nearby.” (http://www.nature.com/news/mysterious-siberian-crater-attributed-to-methane-1.15649)

The reindeer resent any implication that, as grazers, they could be responsible for any methane production.

Gas

“As the amount of Arctic sea ice declines at an unprecedented rate, the thawing of offshore permafrost releases methane,” (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7459/full/499401a.html) which “increase[s] climate impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, damage to agriculture and human health.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23432769)

Research is underway into the impact of a naked flame.