Thursday, June 4, 2020

"A major fuel spill in Siberia has prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare a state of emergency in an environmentally sensitive Arctic region"

WaPo:

believes the region’s melting permafrost caused a reservoir to collapse, touching off the leak.

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The current infrastructure present in the Arctic was constructed on the assumption that permafrost would, as its name suggests, be permanent.

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The station’s employees originally tried to contain the leak on their own and did not report the incident to emergency services for two days