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Siberian tundra could vanish in less than 500 years

The Siberian tundra could disappear by the year 2500, unless greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced. 

Even in the best-case scenarios, two-thirds of this landscape — defined by its short growing season and cover of grasses, moss, shrubs and lichens — could vanish, leaving behind two fragments separated by 1,553 miles (2,500 kilometers), scientists recently predicted. And as the tundra’s permafrost cover melts away, it could release vast quantities of stored greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, potentially accelerating warming worldwide.

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