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In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

Russia and Global Climate Change
Repercussions, Models and Scenarios

Jörg Stadelbauer

Deutsche Fassung


Climate change presents Russia with enormous challenges. According to a moderate scenario, the country’s landscape zones will shift. The advantages and disadvantages for agriculture will maintain a balance. The retreat of the permafrost zone is more threatening. This will release additional carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Infrastructure will also be at risk. Additional costs for construction and maintenance are to be expected. Russia’s political and business leaders have so far failed to give the explosive nature of this problem the attention it needs.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 205–216)