Floods Land in the Arctic Region
October 22nd, 2005
The Arctic thawing threatens
Russian village as water rise. The village of Bykovsky population
457 is seeing the northeast coast being sucked into the ocean at the
rate of 15 to 18 feet a year.
It is predicted at this rate
that homes will be lost and possibly Bykovsky will be submerged
underwater in time.
There are approximately four
million people that live in the Arctic Circle region. The changing
climate offers new opportunities with warmer weather, but at the
same time they are under watch for the ocean waters rising. This
will not only affect the homes but also the wilderness and way of
life that this culture has known.
There have been new discoveries
of petroleum fields in the Barents and Kara Seas due to the
defrosting ice. There are concerns with the new oil industries
polluting the environment that has been left alone. The melting of
the permafrost layer threatens the foundations of nearly 20 percent
of Russian homes, factories and pipelines. It poses a difficult
situation for engineers in attempts to prevent building losses.
Not only is Russia affected, but
Alaska also has its problems related to this defrosting ice. The
United States is in preparation to relocate several Inuit villages
at a cost of $100 million for each village.
Global warming is no longer a
speculation as now there is measurable differences of the
environment that is now being seen. It is not just the Arctic
that is affected, but the whole world. Concerns in Africa have
arouse due to a one degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature for
the last 1000 years with 2005 possibly being even hotter.
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