From distant observer to ally

    CLIMATE: A remote Russian geophysicist seeks to restore the Ice Age ecosystems.

    If you doubt that it is possible to fight global warming by planting trees, you should definitely see Pleistocene Park. This documentary presents the initiative to re-create the mammoth steppe ecosystem, dominant in the Arctic in the late Pleistocene. The idea requires the replacement of the current unproductive northern ecosystems with highly productive pastures, which can promote climate cooling through a series of ecological effects. Such is the belief of Sergey Zimov, a Russian scientist and co-founder of one of the world’s three largest Arctic stations, the Northeast Science Station, located 150 kilometres south of the Arctic Ocean, that serves as a year-round base for international Arctic research. Zimov and his son Nikita started experiments with animal reintroductions in 1988. At present, Pleistocene Park, a nature reserve on the Kolyma River south of the city of Chersky in northeastern Siberia, is home to 10 major herbivore species: reindeer, yakutian horse, moose, bison, musk ox, yak, kalmykian cow, sheep, camels, and goats.

    Pleistocene Park, a film by Luke Griswold-Tergis
    Pleistocene Park, a film by Luke Griswold-Tergis

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