Pleiosticene Park in Siberia is a seed project to stop 15,000 billion tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere; a greater impact than burning all the world’s coal, gas and oil.
On this 7 square mile reserve the father/son directors, Sergei and Nikita Zidovudine say there’s evidence its working. Rewilding the world’s permafrost areas with millions of ruminants may work yet it seems millions, if not billions, need to be spent to make the difference.
Yakutsk, Siberia, the world’s coldest city at minus 57 degrees fahrenheit is slated to be a real Jurassic park with cloned wooly mammoths though how that would coincide with safety for people seems an afterthought at best.
Meanwhile, back at microbial ranch, our think tank is suggesting proliferation of permafrost micro organisms; a little less intimidating.
The University of Alberta has documented the challenge and Pakistan’s 6,000 melting ice packs are proof enough. The 20 square kilometers of fencing in large herbivores like musk ox, bison, moose & reindeer seems a logical way to restore carbon storing grass lands and lichen used by the zimovs to enclose 70 herbivores. The zimovs have a billion dollar plan including predators like wolves etc. Perhaps the permafrost carbon zones are best protected by an ecosystem best not inhabited by most people. The goal is to recreate the mammoth steppe; the Pleistocene grasslands in all the permafrost zones of the world. A wiki search shows the park does work significantly as the revival science has been evolving since 1996 with high level monitoring of the results.
The Pleistocene Park Foundation raises capital to expand the project globally with the wiki link showing the breadth and logic of the vision. The park has raised 175k via hundreds of donors including billionaire Peter Thiel. A version of the park producing perennial food grasses and grains for people is the kind of new incentive that could bring the needed larger amounts from the entrepreneurial sector. Research started in 1988.