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Clear signs of Arctic warming proven by... gulls and ducks

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 November 2012

A new study of some of the world's most remote islands show there are dramatic climate changes since detailed research by Soviet scientists 55 years ago.

'We have explored 42 of the archipelago's 191 islands and concluded a reduction of the ice sheet from the last Soviet expeditions in 1957', scientist said. Picture: risk.ru

A three month Russian research trip this summer to Franz Josef Land shows clear evidence of climate change, say experts. 

'We have explored 42 of the archipelago's 191 islands and concluded a reduction of the ice sheet from the last Soviet expeditions in 1957,' said head of the expedition Maria Gavrilo, an ornithologist, quoted by AFP.

'Out of about 20 species of birds that we identified, four are not common to the archipelago.'

Among the birds moving north because of warmer conditions are the swallow-tailed gull and the long-tailed duck.

'Colonies of these birds are generally seen more to the south and without question were brought to the Arctic by global warming.'

Further conclusions are expected from the research trip to islands administered by Moscow since 1926. 

The archipelago  can be crucial now to Russian claims for oil and gas drilling rights under Arctic waters along the northern coast of Siberia.

Comments (3)

Last soviet expedition in 1957 ?! I knew that scientists in russia get no money for their study but getting money once every 50 years it's a bit too rare.
Kate, Russia
24/11/2012 03:25
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Duck, Franz Josef Land
24/11/2012 01:25
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i'm looking at the picture and feel how much I would like to join one of such expeditions to see these islands with my own eyes...
Pawel, Poland
23/11/2012 23:11
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