the rise of the mammoth

Climate change has many known impacts, rising sea levels, destruction of coral reefs, increases in severe storms and the list goes on… but this week I heard about one impact that really took me by surprise. As more of the permafrost beneath the Russian tundra melts due to global warming, increasing numbers of well-preserved Mammoths are coming to the surface. Taking advantage of this opportunity Russia has begun mining the remains of these long-extinct woolly mammoths to meet a growing demand for ethical ivory.

We can only assume that as things continue more and more unforeseen impacts will come to our attention. If they are all as harmless as the surfacing Mammoths things might not be so bad… I can only hope that the human race is able to adapt its behaviours before we have a chance to find out.

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