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…

Fair weather friends across Russian climate zones

Zolotrylin et al assessed the impact of climate change on Russians’ well-being in the face of increasing climate extremes. They measured the average daily temperatures, the characteristics of heat and cold waves, and precipitation over the period 1991–2013 across the country. The results show the significant increase of extreme weather events in Russia in comparison…

Between two extremes: temperature shocks and violence in Russia

Whilst global climate science states that an increase in frequency of extremely hot or cold days is one of the most challenging impacts of climate change, the impact of extreme temperature on human health remains understudied (IPCC, 2018). Researchers based at IOS, Leibniz and NOVA SBE, Portugal examined social costs of climate change in Russia,…

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….

Climate change is a positive change for the Arctic birds. #Russia #climate

Researchers from the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences analyse the formation of modern Arctic mammals and discuss their future changes caused by climate change. They observed regional climate warming since the 1990s with visible effects such as rain- and snowfall increase, a decrease of Arctic glaciers, much warmer winters, etc. They found that…