Early ice melt prompts polar base evacuation

Russian scientists are evacuating a research station on an ice floe in the western Arctic Ocean, the Associated Press reports. The report cited a spokesman as saying global warming was melting the ice early.

Twenty-one researchers live at the North Pole-35 station, the report said. They will be pulled out this week instead of late August because of global warming, said Sergei Balyasnikov of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

The nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika will escort a research vessel to the station.

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