Ross Andersen’s “Pleistocene Park” follows the scientist Nikita Zimov and his attempt to “solve the problem of climate change” by making the world green (2). Although most people see Nikita working to build and maintain a park, Nikita is using the park to hopefully address greenhouse gases and other serious climate issues.
Nikita states the goal of this park is to “spread across Artic Siberia and into North America, helping to slow the thawing of the Artic permafrost” (2). He’s hopeful that this park created in 1966 will deter the frozen underground layer from defrosting because it has the potential to release some of the deadliest “climate-change accelerants” into the atmosphere (2).
What did you find most useful about the article, and why?
Here are some comments from peers:
I found the part stating the significance about grass throughout history to be the most important part, because today's society is forgetting the effects grass and trees have on people. Andersen stated, "Grasses became the base layer for some of the Earth's richest ecosystems" (p. 10). --Samantha A.
What I found most useful about Ross Andersen’s “Pleistocene Park” was the paragraph when the importance Nikita Zimov’s park was described. On page 4 Andersen states, “If this intercontinental ice block warms to quickly, its thawing will send as much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere each year as do all of America's SUVs, airlines, container ships, factories, and coal-burning plants combined." This is such a bold statement that people should be fearful of. --J.K.
What I found most useful about this article is that thawing of ice blocks will continue to send increasingly large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (4). An event this drastic could be irreversible if it progresses to a certain point. --J.R.