The impact of climate change on the Russian Arctic: analysis and paths to solving the problem

The impact of climate change on the Russian Arctic: analysis and paths to solving the problem. WWF-Russia – Moscow, 2008. – 28 pages.

This illustrated and compact brochure presents data on the impact of climate change in the Russian Arctic. The text compiles scientific observations, witness accounts from local residents, and data on current and foreseen damage due to climate change. Alas, the situation in the Arctic is alarming, and the forecasts are discouraging. This fact must be presented in a clear and unambiguous form, and delivered to the leaders of the major world powers, as well as to UN diplomats, currently conducting negotiations towards future reduction of greenhouse gases. Climate change, however, cannot be halted immediately – in the coming decades, both man and the ecosystem will require assistance. The goal of this pamphlet is to show to those in positions of power, in a demonstrative and scientifically sound manner, that it is time to act, particularly in Arctic regions. We must take concrete steps towards adaptation to climate change, and it will be far better and more affordable to take these steps in advance.

This brochure was prepared under the auspices of the Artic Project of WWF-Russia, and contains summaries of information gathered within the project’s first year. We propose that this information be used as a basis for planning measures, aimed at adaptation to climate change in the Russian Arctic.

Released at October 2008

Russian version is available

Electronic version of publication


 

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