Bring me sunshine – solar energy pioneering clean energy transition in Russia

Boute and Zhikharev analysed clean energy transition in Russia. They argue that the recent development of the solar energy industry in the country dependent on traditional energy sources is caused by the vested interests of the producers. They looked at the competition between renewable energy sources under the Russian subsidyscheme and found that the manufacturing…

Is there an Arctic ‘resource curse’? Evidence from the Russian Arctic regions.

Although the development of the Arctic’s natural resources sounds very promising for Russian economics, the expansion of mining brings future risks for the regional well-being, affecting social, physical and economic spheres. Gritsenko and Efimova discuss how the Arctic economics might struggle from being rich in resources. They refer to the idea of ‘resource curse’, a paradox that features…

Is climate change too expensive for Russia?

Otrachshenko and Popova, from Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, have recently published a paper which discusses whether Russian economy can adapt to global warming. On 21st September 2019, Russia signed the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which sets a long-term goal of limiting the global temperature increase to 2°C until 2030 and manifests…

Reading the future in an Arctic iced tea

Mironov, Klyachkin and Yulin from Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St. Petersburg, have suggested new computer-based method of long-term ice forecasting for the Arctic Seas. These methods are currently tested by an experimental hardware-software complex called “Ice”. The year-round ice cover in the Arctic Ocean is one of the main features of the Arctic climate system, and the…

Melting permafrost, melting budgets – the wear and tear of Arctic infrastructure

Scientists from George Washington University and Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences have recently estimated the future costs of infrastructure affected by climate change in the Arctic region, specifically by the impacts of permafrost thaw. The research covers the countries with the biggest areas of permafrost, namely, Alaska, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia….

Cottoning onto warmer farming in Central Asia #climate

Researchers from the Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, Saint Petersburg have assessed future climate change impacts on agriculture in the Central Asian republics. The analysis looks at the consequences of global warming for the main branches of agriculture in Central Asia, such as cotton, wheat and barley by the middle of 21st century. They found that…

Burning economic issues for the taiga? #Russia #climate

Recently, Dr Shkolnik (Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, Roshydromet) and his colleagues from the St. Petersburg Forestry Research Institute have published a very timely paper adding to the growing discussion on the promising future of forestry profitability in Russia. The research draws up a projection of the economic consequences of climate impact on forestry in Russia…