This article discusses how, Russia’s Arctic coast has been changing due to climate change. The town of Dikson and the surrounding Taymyr Peninsula has the most rapid temperature increase in Russia, as well as an aggravating melting of permafrost and nearby sea ice.
The new climate report from Roshydromet, Russia’s state agency on meteorology and environmental monitoring, leaves no doubt about the serious changes now unfolding in the Arctic parts of the country.
According to the document, the year 2017 was the third warmest ever on record in the Arctic, and only 0,1 C degrees lower than the record-beating 2011. And the further north, the bigger the temperature increase. On altitudes of 70-85° North, the air was 2,7 C degrees warmer than the annual average since measurements started in 1936. That includes the lion’s share of the country’s Arctic coast, as well as the major archipelagos like Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef Land and the New Siberian Islands.