Biotech innovations raise Mammoth from the dead
The Return of the Pleistocene Age
Woolly mammoths became extinct some 4,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. It is not known how many will be required to create a sustainable program. The plan is to set up a Pleistocene Park alongside reindeer, yak and moose in Siberia, a steppe ecosystem predominant 12,000 years ago.
It is possible they will help revitalise Arctic grasslands, by breaking down trees and moss that act as barriers against frosts. This frost then penetrates deeper into the ground to prevent further thawing and reduce the impact of global warming.
In a world where 30% of trees are threatened by extinction it is questioned whether money could not be better invested in other concerns. The risk remains whether such a plan might unleash unknown pathogens into animal and human settlements. Such ethical concerns must be tackled before these plans are implemented.