Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Tomsk Scientists Warn about Threat of Global Climate Disaster
June 29, 2015 15:53


An international program for studying possible consequences of the Arctic glaciers’ melting runs on the basis of the Tomsk Polytechnic University. Experts from Russia, Sweden, England, the USA, the Netherlands, and other countries have combined efforts to research the problem and prevent the threat of about five hundred abnormal fields of methane emission from the Arctic ice. According to the worst scenario the mankind will face a global disaster, which will require the world budget of all the states to eliminate it.

Last year two international Arctic expeditions were carried out in the Laptev Sea and the Arctic Ocean to examine the impact of the underwater permafrost degradation on the climate of the entire planet. 80 experts from 15 higher education institutions of the world took part in the latter expedition. They worked for about hundred days in the ice onboard the unique scientific Oden ice breaker. This work became possible thanks to grants of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Russian Scientific Foundation, as well as financial investments of the partner countries.

“Mega emissions of methane were found at the depth of 60 to 100 meters. Underwater permafrost there has been in contact with benthonic warm water for approximately 9 to 10 thousand years. It is enough for it to melt down. According to our drilling data, the permafrost is already in transit. During our last expedition on Oden we found about 500 abnormal fields of methane emissions” - the expedition member Igor Semiletov informs.

That is melting of glaciers leads to emission of methane from the Arctic depths into the atmosphere, and it can affect the planet environment in unpredictable ways.

In general scientists forecast four case scenarios: from the mildest one to the catastrophic. According to the worst forecast up to 5 percent of glacial gases will emit into the atmosphere and concentration of methane will increase many times. "If it happens, the Kyoto Protocol will seem a scenario seen through rose-coloured glasses”, - Mr. Semiletov points out.

He noted that scientists from the Netherlands ran this scenario through the country’s economic model and found out that it would take about 70 trillion dollars to fight the aftermath of such a cataclysm.

 “It is the world budget of all the economies. limate is climate, without any state borders. It will be bad for all”, - the Russian Arctic researcher emphasized.

In order to manage the aftermath of the Arctic ice melting, the team of Russian and foreign scientists   on the basis of the Tomsk Polytechnic University plan to coordinate the course of large-scale international research work.


Sources: http://www.rg.ru 


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Climate Arctics    

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

How Lightnings Form Unparalleled Plutonium Purification Method Introduced in Russia 127 Meters of Evolution New Techniques of Secure Data Encryption Developed New Neutron Detector Has Been Created









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
TAGS:
Smolensk  Satellites  City Hunter  Russian singers  Cossacks  Russian Grids  Moscow  New Year celebrations  Temryuk  St. Petersburg  Russian cosmonauts  Chinese and Russian Culture and Art Festival  Ermak  Jan Tsionglinsky  Synagogue  Gorky Park  Mikhail Lermontov  Elena Bryntsalova  Inta  travel to Russia  Rurik  Kazan Museums  Viennese Ball In Moscow  Russian football  Festivals in Moscow  Vologda region  Russian regions  Roof Music Fest  Visa   Uralkali  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  human rights in Russia  Russian Cinema  Russian legislation  Jazz  Gifts Expo  health  Taganay National Park  Exhibitions in Moscow  the Bolshoi Theatre  Moscow parks  Russian oil and gas industry   Magnitsky Act  Russian airports  Russian business  Russian theatre  Uzdunrobita  Darwin Museum  Russian tourism  Neftekamsk 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites