Russia is suffering from global warming more than any other country, say state meteorologists. The weathermen’s latest report focuses on climate indicators in 2011, as well as on the trends of the last 35 years.
The scientists say that climate change in Russia appears to be double that in other countries. In the last 35 years, the average temperature in Russia went up by 1.5 degrees, while the average figure across the world is 0.8 degrees.
“The report shows that global warming is not a gradual process,” said Aleksey Kokorin, the head of WWF Russia climate service. “Although the average temperatures are going up slowly, the temperatures’ actual leaps are 10 times bigger. The number of alarming climate phenomena has gone up by two times.”
Some parts of Russia have shown even worse results. In the Arctic, south Chukotka and the Kamchatka region, the temperatures have risen 1.5 to two times more than in the rest of the country.
“This information needs to be understood by the president and governments,” Kokorin believes. “So that people would know that it is no joke or mass media hype, and that they need to take action.”
Ironically, the claim comes as Muscovites lose their patience with what seems to them like a never-ending winter. Last night's snowstorm paralyzed traffic throughout the day, with many roads still experiencing gridlock.
The full report is available at the agency’s website (both in Russian and English).