Distilling hard and soft water strategies in climate adaption policies

Despite Russia’s rich freshwater resources, it faces significant water problems, which arise from the country’s adaptation policy with low priority to climate action and less advanced risk management. Safonov from NRU HSE, Moscow outlines the key characteristic of water-related problems in the world’s biggest country. Firstly, Russia is one of the world’s leaders in its…

Are Russians eco-conscious?

Kurbanov and Prokhoda  recently studied the level of climate change awareness among Russians. They analysed the relationship between ecological knowledge and attitudes towards environment with an ‘ecological behaviour model’. The model considers ecological knowledge as a basis for environmental friendly behaviour and active engagement in public action towards climate change. They explore the links between the awareness…

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…

A damaged ozone layer – a damaged climate? #Russia #climate

Seeking to reveal the connections between climate change and the destruction of the ozone layer, Dr. Syvorotkin, the leading researcher at the geology department, Moscow State University,  proposed the “Hydrogen” concept and the “Degassing Concept of Global Disasters”.  The core of the ‘hydrogen’ theory is that the ozone layer depletion is caused by the destructive chemical reaction…

Islands in the Moscow Sun

The research study highlights the changes of Urban Heat Islands (UHI) and Urban Dry Islands (UDI) intensities over the city of Moscow, Russia during the period from the end of 19th century until past years. The major reason for this is the intense growth of the city throughout the past decades. UHI can be described…

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…

What’s hot in Roshydromet?

We start with a summary of the “Report about climate features on the territory of Russian Federation, 2018” published this year by Roshydromet (the Federal service for hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring) which covers the annual temperatures, condition of glaciers, precipitation and CO2 concentration estimated on the territory of Russia during the last year. Annual climate…