Nature disrupts Putin's plan to conquer the Far North


In March 2020, the Russian authorities unveiled a 15-year plan for the development of the Arctic territories, which provides for the implementation of new energy programs and the creation of thousands of jobs in the Far North. However, the catastrophic climate change in the Russian Arctic frustrates Putin's plans to conquer this harsh land. Writes about this edition of The Washington Post.


Scientists have long warned that as global warming rises, average temperatures beyond the Arctic Circle are increasing, leading to the rapid melting of permafrost. Because of this, the soil subsides, which in turn leads to a decrease in the stability of the structures located on it. The result of these processes was a catastrophe at Norilsk Nickel in May this year - 21 thousand tons of diesel fuel leaked at the TPP due to the collapse of the foundation piles, which led to a large-scale environmental disaster.

As part of the plan for the development of the Arctic, Moscow expects to attract new residents to this region by providing them with free land plots. However, nature itself can thwart these intentions of federal officials. So, last month, a large crack appeared on one of the two-story houses in Yakutsk - this happened due to the subsidence of the house, which occurred after the permafrost thawed.

For the same reasons, industry giants such as Norilsk Nickel, Gazprom and Novatek may suffer huge losses, according to reports from Morgan Stanley. His report emphasizes that about 90 percent of Russian gas deposits, as well as about 30 percent of oil reserves and all palladium are located in permafrost areas.
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 29 July 2020 09: 52
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    at the TPP due to the failure of the foundation piles

    And what is most criminal, this defect was discovered in advance. It's just that the private trader now has a principle - to work until it breaks. It was under the communists that the term "pest", "enemy of the people" was used, but now everything is private and you can forget about repairs. And when it breaks down, it will be repaired at the expense of workers' wages.

    which led to a large-scale environmental disaster.

    I think the communist backlog has ended in 30 years. Great environmental shocks await us.
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 29 July 2020 12: 32
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      which led to a large-scale environmental disaster.

      A million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico did not lead to disaster. They no longer remember her. Here, too, ultraviolet light will shine (around the clock!), Ciliates will eat, mosquito larvae will be disposed of. After a year, no traces of the "catastrophe" will be found.
      Nature does not care, apatite and manure, fuel oil and sugar syrup. It will devour, and not choke.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 1 August 2020 18: 29
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        A million barrels have produced results on the Gulf Stream, it is slowing down ... (they hide this, BP paid billions of compensations, etc.) The residual consequences of this outpouring, perhaps another drop in climate change ... Of course, nature will digest, but already in some places it begins not to digest, but most importantly, a person does not digest and dies ... (heavy metals, dioxins and other delights ...)
  2. Igor Pavlovich Offline
    Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 29 July 2020 10: 07
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    ... Moscow expects to attract new residents to this region by providing them with free land plots ...

    - this is from the heart, before, beyond the Arctic Circle, they gave 58 article and guaranteed 2 square meters of land, and now as much as two hectares. good
  3. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 29 July 2020 11: 01
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    It is necessary to master new technologies, and for this it is necessary to improve the scientific potential of Russia. If, for example, permafrost turns into swamps, then the swamps can be drained. And to build houses on platforms, and not high-rise buildings. There is enough land in the North, so there is no need to condense.
  4. Valentine Offline
    Valentine (Valentin) 29 July 2020 13: 13
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    In fact, when I was working at the NMMC, even during the Soviet era, we never deployed containers of more than 5 thousand cubic meters, and did not install any piles, but made a very powerful pillow of rubble, sand, reinforced concrete, with winter heating until it solidified, and then freezing, and only then they rolled the bottom sheet onto this pillow, and only then did the tank itself unfold. The service life of such a tank is no more than 40 years, but its diagnostics should be carried out every 5 years, and this is checking the joints by transmission and vacuum, and metal corrosion, and, apparently, these requirements were not regularly met in this organization, and this is the result. And it is very clearly seen in the photograph that the volume of internal protective embankment was much less than the total volume of the reservoir itself, so all the fuel went into the tundra. And about climatic changes, yes, for almost 40 years of my life in Norilsk, the weather there has become much milder, "Black blizzard" used to be a wind of over 40 m / s, and now only after 30, and there is less frost, and so this " diva ", like an ice drift, on the Yenisei near Dudinka (the sea gate of the Norilsk combine), which took place a whole month earlier this year, this has never happened before - this is the northern climate.
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    orange (ororpore) 30 July 2020 13: 16
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    Decades of delaying industrialization are now turning into a growing lump of losses. Falling prices for hydrocarbons, delayed launch of SP-2, billions of dollars spent on eliminating the consequences of melting permafrost ........
    “Where is the money, Zin?”