Workers pump out oil pollution from the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk on June 5, 2020. Photo: AFP
Workers pump out oil pollution from the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk on June 5, 2020. Photo: AFP
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Russia says melting permafrost caused massive Arctic oil spill

  • A national-level state of emergency was announced after 21,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled from a reservoir that collapsed last Friday
  • The spill has highlighted the danger of climate change for Russia as warmer temperatures are causing areas locked by permafrost for centuries to thaw

Workers pump out oil pollution from the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk on June 5, 2020. Photo: AFP
Workers pump out oil pollution from the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk on June 5, 2020. Photo: AFP
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