Russia: Putin wants to set up a monitoring system for melting permafrost soils

Russia: Putin wants to set up a monitoring system for melting permafrost soils

Looking at the thawing permafrost in Russia Buildings should be better monitored. It ordered the head of state Vladimir Putin on Thursday. » Millions of people live in the north of the country. That’s why it is important to set up a monitoring system in these areas, ”the president said in a meeting with Russian ministers of the state agency TASS. It is also about developing a system with which houses, bridges and roads can be regularly inspected.

Russia complains that the temperature rise in the country is stronger than in other parts of the world. According to the latest forecast from the Ministry of Environment, the average temperature in the vast empire is rising 2.8 times faster than the global average. Researchers are concerned that in the soil Siberia melting and this, for example, releases enormous amounts of climate-damaging methane gas into the atmosphere.

About two thirds of the land area in Russia is permanently frozen. This phenomenon is called permafrost. There are vast amounts of plant and animal remains that have not yet been broken down by microbes. These are activated only when the temperature rises and the soil softens – methane can be released during this decomposition process.

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