Thawing Permafrost in the Arctic Will Speed Up Global Warming

Thawing Permafrost in the Arctic Will Speed Up Global Warming

There's more carbon locked up in the high north's permafrost than the combined total released into the atmosphere by humans. The big melt going on right now in the Arctic could trigger a train of catastrophic events across the world.

By Alisa Opar/Photography by Joel Sartore
Published: May-June 2010
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Alisa Opar

Alisa Opar is the articles editor at Audubon magazine. Follow her on Twitter @alisaopar.

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