Melting permafrost to cost Russia 422 billion rubles

Melting permafrost to cost Russia 422 billion rubles

February 01, 2022

This is how much it will cost in 30 years to maintain the infrastructure and the consequences of man-made accidents.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Climatologists have estimated Russia’s losses from thawing permafrost by 2050 at 422 billion rubles. This is due to an increase in the costs of eliminating the consequences of various man-made accidents and infrastructure costs. This is reported by TASS with reference to studies published in the scientific journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment.

The article says that the Russian Arctic is characterized by a high level of industrialization and urbanization, so the permafrost thawing will particularly affect the infrastructure of the Russian Arctic.

“The cost of maintaining it will rise to 422 billion rubles at the current level of development, and further development of the road and pipeline network will increase this figure to 865 billion”, the report says.

According to scientists, by the end of this century, about a third of the permafrost located in the south of Siberia and Alaska will disappear. According to the calculations of a group of scientists led by professor of the University of Oulu (Finland) Jan Yort, the thawing of permafrost will bring significant losses to the global economy. But the process will affect different regions of the Earth unevenly. Now, it has an extremely negative impact on the stability of more than half of residential and industrial buildings in all major Russian cities in the Arctic.

Scientists propose to start developing technologies that would slow down the permafrost melting in the vicinity of large cities and important infrastructure.

Previously, scientists estimated that the melting of ice by 2050 will cause damage to the Arctic infrastructure in the amount of five trillion rubles.

We have already talked about how climate change affects animals and human diseases. There are suggestions that in 40 years Norilsk may become a city of rains. We’ve also reported that houses in Norilsk were equipped with permafrost sensors.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photos: Nikolay Shchipko and Olga Polyanskaya

February 01, 2022

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