The goal of woolly mammoth project is to solve the permafrost climate issue.
The top area of the world is covered in permafrost. The Siberian and Canadian tundra is this mass of permafrost and that permafrost is a ticking time bomb it contains within it more carbon, carbon dioxide and methane than if we burned all the forests on earth three times. The ice is slowly melting and when it reaches a certain point and it lets all this out it’s gonna be really really bad for everyone.
Russian scientists have been running experiments since the 1980s where they roped off a section of the permafrost and they repopulated it with bison, reindeer elk and hairy horses. They actually got a World War 2 era tank which they drive up and down the tundra to to make it seem like a mammoth was there and they’ve managed to lower the temperature of the ice by as much as 15 to 20 degrees Celsius.
If you could bring back the woolly mammoth and put it back where it belonged then they would actually lower the temperature of the permafrost and delay any melting for another century or more.
We could bring back a species that actually makes the environment better.
There was a time when there were only a few hundred bison and we brought them back to half a million.
A point made a book by these Russian scientists is it wasn’t that the environment changed and thus the mammoth died. It was the mammoth died and thus the environment changed which is a really cool way to look at it.
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