Thawing permafrost in Norilsk, Russia

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Published on 28 October 2021

Norilsk is the most populous city in the Russian Arctic. In recent years, the city has endured the effects of climate change, particularly thawing permafrost. This phenomenon not only resulted in the worst oil spill in the history of the Arctic, but several buildings in Norilsk are showing cracks in their foundations due to shifts in ground stability. This has prompted the authorities to invest around 8 million euros to cool the foundations of the buildings in order to slow the effects of thawing.

This image, taken on 13 October 2021, shows the city of Norilsk on the Taymyr Peninsula in Siberia.
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The effects of climate change are becoming increasingly pronounced, requiring accurate and science-based data and information to address them. The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) aims to support European climate policies and actions, contributing to building a society which is more resilient to a human-induced changing climate.

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