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Scientists have noticed a cold snap in Chukotka for the first time in 20 years

Scientists have noticed a cold snap in Chukotka for the first time in 20 years

For the first time in 20 years, scientists have noted a cold snap in the Pacific part of the Arctic, in particular, in Chukotka. Against the background of global warming, the specialists took the decrease in temperature with enthusiasm. However, for the trend to strengthen, it will take about ten years.

This was announced by Anatoly Kochnev, a researcher of the Beringia National Park, an expert on marine mammals, in an interview. RIA News"... The cold snap allowed polar bears and walruses to return to their usual way of life on the ice.

According to Kochnev, in the past 20 years, the ice has risen late, and walruses had to swim hundreds of kilometers from coastal rookeries to feed themselves.

“Despite the intense nutrition, they only lost weight because they spent more energy than they received. And now they are on the ice, everything is fine with them. Bears also go to the ice. The problem for them was that when there is no ice, they cannot hunt seals, which they love more than walruses, ”he added.

According to the scientist, a cold snap this year on the coast of Chukotka is an exception to the rule, and the general trend towards warming will return.

“If he doesn’t come back, it will be great. Previously, we were worried about bears and walruses, the reduction of ice for which is a burden on the population and a chance to disappear, and if there is a steady trend towards cooling, the area of ​​sea ice will grow again and there will be no threat to animals, ”Kochnev said.

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