Although the Russian government noted that changes to global temperatures represent potential problems, they also recognize some massive economic opportunities could develop.
The Russians published a paper in early 2020 outlining action plans that could help people while attempting to mitigate a warming climate’s damage.
Although everyone faces potential challenges because of climate change, Russia is at the forefront of this battle. The country is warming up to 2.5 times faster than the planet.
What Could Russia Do to Benefit from Climate Change?
The first step Russia intends to take when battling climate change is to change its agricultural approach. The government recommends planting drought-resistant crops, preparing emergency vaccinations, and planning new evacuation routes.
They’ve included building dams as part of the plan to provide water reservoirs for communities that could become isolated with climate change.
After outlining the plans to counter the adverse effects, the Russian government acknowledges that several positives could come from a warming planet.
For starters, the households living in the country’s colder regions would use less energy to manage indoor environments. A warmer climate would encourage a longer growing season, opening new cropland development opportunities.
Russia also sees melting ice along the polar region as a chance to drill for oil or create new navigable waterways that could benefit them economically.
Over 30 Measures Are Part of the Plan
As part of this evaluation process, Russia intends to calculate the risks of domestic products becoming less competitive due to the changing climate. If their standards fail to meet global agreements for managing planetary temperatures, their economy could find itself on the outside looking in at everyone else.
The Russian government has new educational materials to offer students to start teaching about climate change.
Since many of Russia’s northern infrastructure investments are on permafrost, they must act now. The lessons they learn over the next few years will help the world understand what to expect from these changes.