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Why would humanity revive the long-extinct woolly mammoth? Atlantic senior editor Ross Andersen draws on the expertise of paleoecology professor Jacquelyn Gill and Arctic scientist Max Holmes in a panel about an unusual, extreme effort to fight climate change. getAbstract warmly recommends this innovative talk.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the Earth needs a “climate moonshot” and
  • How reviving woolly mammoths could help fight climate change.
 

About the Speakers

Arctic scientist Max Holmes is deputy director of the Woods Hole Research Center. Jacquelyn Gill is a professor of paleoecology at the University of Maine. Ross Andersen is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

 

Summary

Why does the world need a “moonshot” to fight climate change? The Arctic is warming two to three times faster than the global average. As a result, the region is losing sea ice and permafrost. Melting Arctic ice releases carbon into the atmosphere, which already holds 850 billion tons of carbon. Permafrost contains much more – about 1,500 billion tons. Historically, the “collateral damages” of large carbon discharges (ocean acidification, rising sea levels or changes in a jet stream) drove mass extinctions. Though the planet will endure climate change, the survival of many species, including humans, remains less certain.


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