Siberian tundra could vanish in less than 500 years

The Siberian tundra could disappear by the year 2500 if greenhouse gas emissions are not drastically reduced.

Even at best, two-thirds of this landscape – defined by its short growing season and cover of grasses, moss, shrubs and lichen – could disappear, leaving two fragments 2,500 kilometers apart, scientists recently predicted. And if the tundra’s permafrost melts, vast amounts of stored material could be released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and potentially accelerate global warming. Siberian tundra could vanish in less than 500 years

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