Scientists say Siberia’s weather is an “alarming sign”

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A photo released by the U.S Geological Survey of a polar bear drying off near the Chukchi Sea in Alaska in June 2014

The prolonged and unusual warm weather in Siberia is an “alarming sign” for climate change scientists.

According to research conducted by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), Siberia has seen the hottest month of May since records started in 1979, making it the hottest month in the Russian region. Records indicate temperatures were 10 degrees higher than the average in the previous month. The findings also show the world along with Siberia has seen the hottest month of May on record.

Climate scientist Martin Stendel stated that if it weren’t for climate change, the temperature deviation in Siberia would only occur once in 100,000 years. Climate change has caused hotter-than-average temperatures throughout the winter and spring seasons in the region.

Freja Vamborg
Senior C3S scientist, Freja Vamborg, said that “It is undoubtedly an alarming sign.”

Senior C3S scientist, Freja Vamborg, voiced her concern, she said, “It is undoubtedly an alarming sign.” The region has been seeing large temperature deviations over months and years. Scientists at C3S say it is very unusual to see such variations consecutively.

According to C3S scientists, the world does not experience temperature changes evenly. However, the Siberian region has been seeing a trend in warming weather conditions.Also Read- Putin’s disinfectant tunnel installed in the Kremlin

Further, research shows the Arctic region to be warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world.

Negative impacts of warming temperatures

The warming temperatures are having negative impacts on ecosystems and infrastructure.

A few weeks ago, the Russian president declared a state of emergency in the city of Norilsk, Siberia after almost 20,000 tons of fuel from a power station spilled into a river closeby. On the report of Nornickel, the energy company’s parent, the foundation of the storage tank may have sunk from thawing permafrost.

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The chief operating officer of Nornickel, Sergey Dyachenko, commented on the incident. “Right now we can assume … that due to abnormally mild summer temperatures recorded in the past years, permafrost could have melted and the pillars under the platform could have sank,” he said.

“We will be seeing the repercussions for years to come,” Verkhovets said. “We are talking about dead fish, polluted plumage of birds, and poisoned animals.”

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Verkhovets, the coordinator of Arctic projects for the WWF branch in Russia, said this incident has led to catastrophic consequences. 

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