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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Warming in Russia’s Tundra Zone Greater than Anywhere Else Over Last 50 Years, New Study Says


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Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 23 – Since 1970, the average temperature in Russia’s tundra zone has risen approximately 2.8 degrees centigrade, the greatest rise anywhere, according to a new multi-national study (“The Degradation of the Permafrost Layer” (in Russian, Krisofera Zemli, 24:2:15-30 summarized at naked-science.ru/article/column/v-tundre-poteplelo).

            This is the highest rate documented anywhere in the world and has profound consequences involving not only the melting of the permafrost layer but the survival of flora and fauna in the region and also the ability of humans to function there given the subsidence of the ground as a result, the authors conclude.

            As a result, many buildings and pipelines in the North are now at risk of collapse, and projects for future construction must be changed if they aren’t to fall victim of global warming climate change before they can even be finished. Otherwise, there will be more disasters, including oil and gas spills and even loss of life.

            On those dangers, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/06/norilsk-tip-of-iceberg-as-millions-of.html.

Window on Eurasia — New Series