The Connection Program Team Leader contacted an inpatient unit at a community hospital and described the clinical research service. The inpatient team wanted to hear more and invited the Connection Team representatives to a staff meeting. The outreach staff told the inpatient leadership that a Connection Team senior psychiatrist would attend the meeting and provide an overview of the project and its relevance to the hospital’s work. The hospital leadership agreed to schedule the visit for a staff meeting that had a brief agenda, to allow for an overview of first episode psychosis, the Connection Team services, and open discussion.
Mezrich: ...This is the cool is the cool part of the story. Yeah, the tundra has a permafrost that’s like a ticking time bomb that if it went off would be worse than if we burned all the forests on Earth three times, and this permafrost is always getting close to melting ( Editor’s Note: Mezrich is talking about the potential for a catastrophic methane release from melting Arctic permafrost ) . These scientists, the Zimoffs, have been running this experiment since the 80s where they rope off a part of the tundra and repopulate it with Pleistocene type herbivores. They’ve put bison in, reindeer reindeer, horses, a WWII-era tank that they drive to mimic a mammoth, knocking down trees. And they’ve discovered they can lower the temperature by as much as fifteen degrees, which is an incredible thought (Editor’s Note: This is a speculative idea that Mezrich describes in more detail in the book, in which Pleistocene herbivores might help transition forests and shrub lands into grasslands, which absorb less heat.) The idea is to repopulate the area with mammoths. Church’s goal is 80,000 mammoths, and [he hopes that] you could lower the temperature of the permafrost for generations.