Russia Faces Severe Climate Change Risks, but Does Little to Cut Emissions

Russia Faces Severe Climate Change Risks, but Does Little to Cut Emissions
Firefighters take on a wildfire near Turka in Siberia, Russia, Aug. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Anna Ogorodnik).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on countries’ risk exposure, contribution and response to climate change.

Russia is currently dealing with an anthrax outbreak that has killed two people and more than 2,000 reindeer in Siberia. Authorities believe unusually warm weather triggered the bacteria’s release from previously frozen soil. In an email interview, Elena Lioubimtseva, a professor in the department of geography and sustainable planning at Grand Valley State University, discussed Russia’s climate change policy.

WPR: What is Russia’s risk exposure to climate change and what effects of climate change are already apparent?

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