Friday, December 22, 2006

Climate Change Doubles Russian Natural Disasters

The rate of natural disasters in Russia has doubled in the past decade due to global warming, according to Russia's Minister of Emergency Situtations. Most alarmingly, in Russia's northern regions the permafrost is melting.
"Over the last 30 years the average depth of melting in the permafrost zone increased by 20 centimeters and keeps progressing. If the melting continues, the foundations of homes, communication lines and gas pipelines could begin sinking," the minister said.
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