October 23rd, 2019

The Russian Navy says it has discovered five new islands in the Arctic


The expedition in August and September mapped islands that were not yet named and had previously been hidden under the glaciers, said the head of the Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev.

“Mainly this is of course caused by changes to the ice situation,” Moiseyev, who headed the expedition, said at a press conference in Moscow. “Before these were glaciers; we thought they were (part of) the main glacier.Melting, collapse and temperature changes led to these islands being uncovered.”

Glacier loss in the Arctic in the period from 2015 to 2019 was more than in any other five-year period on record, a United Nations report on global warming said last month.

Russia has opened a string of military and scientific bases in the Arctic in recent years, with interest in the region growing as rising temperatures open up shipping routes and make hitherto inaccessible mineral resources easier to exploit.

Indeed, global warming in the Arctic, which the world's environmentalists prophesy to us, is no joke. From year to year, the thickness of the ice cover of the Arctic Ocean decreases. And this means that hydrocarbons in the Arctic are becoming more accessible for development.

What do you think will happen next?


source — https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/22/melting-glaciers-reveal-five-new-islands-in-the-arctic