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…

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 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…

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…

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…