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? Elena Lioubimtseva: [...]
Cracked earth at the almost empty Itaim dam, Itu, Brazil, Oct. 30, 2014 (AP photo by Andre Penner).
Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on countries’ risk exposure, contribution and response to climate change. During the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil showed a video that highlighted the risks the planet faces—higher temperatures, rising sea levels and melting ice sheets—because of climate change, winning the country praise from environmental advocates. In an email interview, Carlos Rittl, the executive secretary at the Climate Observatory in Sao Paulo, discussed Brazil’s climate change policy. WPR: What is Brazil’s risk exposure to climate change, what effects of climate change are already apparent, and what sorts [...]
Cooling towers at Eskom's coal-powered Lethabo power station, Sasolburg, South Africa, Nov. 21, 2011 (AP photo by Denis Farrell).
Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on countries’ risk exposure, contribution and response to climate change. South African Airways made history in mid-July, when it conducted Africa’s first biofuel-powered commercial flights, between Johannesburg and Cape Town. In an email interview, Robert Looney, distinguished professor in the department of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, discusses South Africa’s exposure and response to climate change. WPR: What is South Africa’s risk exposure to climate change, what effects of climate change are already apparent, and what sorts of adaptation approaches will it have to adopt or [...]
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