Russia has ordered the evacuation of one of its Arctic research stations after melting ice conditions rendered it unsafe said Sergei Donskoy, Russia’s minister of Natural Resources and Environment, in a statement posted on his ministry’s website on Thursday.
Research station North Pole – 40 is located on an ice floe. However, the ice around the station is reportedly breaking up.
All equipment and the sixteen people working at the station will be removed.
North Pole – 40 was set up to research weather and the Arctic environment.
The ministry is planning to move the research station to Severnaya Zemlya, an archipelago in the Russian Arctic.