The impacts of climate change on Russian Arctic security

Authored by: Stacy Closson

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
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Climate scientists suggest that changes are occurring faster in the polar regions of the planet than elsewhere. Russia’s Arctic region – the territory above the Arctic Circle – is one-fifth of Russia’s landmass. This heightens the challenge of climate change to Russia. In Russia, an official summary of peer-review research has concluded that temperatures are warming more in Russia than elsewhere (Roshydromet, 2014). Moreover, Russian scientists have projected a further warming into the future and warn that urban sustainability will be hampered by more precipitation and more flooding. As the majority of Russia’s High North are coastal cities located on the sea or rivers, the population is directly impacted by climate change (Anisimov and Kokorev, 2017, 142–143).

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