Siberia, currently one of the most sparsely populated places in the northern hemisphere, could become a target for mass migration as the climate warms. By 2080, scientists report, melting permafrost and warming summer and winter temperatures will mean that agriculture could thrive and support between five and seven times the current population. Lands to the south are becoming far less able to feed and sustain their existing populations, as heat makes crops harder to grow and cities untenable, and mass migration northward is likely, the scientists predict. Their study, which is produced by the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Centre in Siberia and the US National Institute of Aerospace, says the current problem of falling population in Russia will be reversed as conditions in Siberia become much better for growing food, and both summers and winters more pleasant to live in. It is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
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Last week Thunberg’s collected speeches were published in a book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, and a family memoir is due later in the year. It’s a message that really resounds with the young, who are being spurred into their own eco-action at home. ‘Plastic is the tobacco of our generation,’ says 11-year-old Millie Harper Bailey, from Worthing, West Sussex, who regularly ropes her parents into litter picking on her local beach. ‘We’ve all seen the pictures of birds and dolphins with tummies full of rubbish. In five years’ time, it will be as socially unacceptable to walk around with a disposable plastic bottle as it is to blow cigarette smoke in someone’s face today. I think, in future, people will feel ashamed about flying around the world for meetings.’
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The demise of an entire ocean is almost too enormous to grasp, but as the expedition sails deeper into the Arctic, the colossal processes of breakdown are increasingly evident. The first fragment of ice appears off the starboard bow a few miles before the 79th parallel in the Fram strait, which lies between Greenland and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. The solitary floe is soon followed by another, then another, then clusters, then swarms, then entire fields of white crazy paving that stretch to the horizon. From deck level it is a stunning sight. But from high above, drones and helicopters capture the bigger, more alarming picture: a slow-motion blast pattern of frozen shrapnel radiating from the high Arctic southwards through this strait, which is the interchange of 80% of the water between the ice cap and the world’s oceans. This is where ice floes come to die, and the cemetery is filling faster each year, according to the leader of this scientific expedition, Till Wagner, of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). One of the objectives of the expedition is to investigate why the collapse of Arctic ice is happening faster than climate computer models predict and to understand what this augurs for the rest of the planet.
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