Saturday, May 25, 2013

Russia plans urgent evacuation of Arctic post as ice melts

Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after the ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said Thursday.

Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi set a three-day deadline to draft a plan to evacuate the North Pole-40 floating research station.

"The destruction of the ice has put at risk the station's further work and life of its staff," the ministry said in a statement.

The station is currently home to 16 personnel including oceanologists, meteorologists, engineers and a doctor.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130523/russia-plans-urgent-evacuation-arctic-post-ice-melts