Russian government sees harsh evidence of global warming

While the U.S. remains embroiled in a mind-boggling feud over whether climate change is real, Russia has warmed up to the scientific evidence. “Everyone is talking about climate change now,” President Dmitri A. Medvedev told the Russian Security Council this month. “Unfortunately, what is happening now in our central regions is evidence of this global climate change, because we have never in our history faced such weather conditions in the past.”

Russia’s leaders have usually played the role of obstructionists in global talks about climate change because they thought that combatting it would harm their economic growth (where have we heard that before?) and because they believed that they would benefit from a warming planet. The vast stretch of frozen-over Siberia, they believed, would turn into a pleasant region of moderate temperature, ripe for agriculture and development.
But this summer changed their minds. The costs of climate change have been horrendous. Russia has suffered a devastating drought, and they’re still struggling to put out wildfires. From McClatchy:

Russia’s heat wave, along with its disastrous fallout, finally may have persuaded the Kremlin to combat climate change.

Russian officials, who until now have resisted dramatic action out of fears it would dampen economic growth, lately have issued strong statements linking global warming to the emergency Russia is facing. Some hope the abrupt change of tune will result in more effective environmental policies, even after the smog dies down.

“There is no question that we need to get ahead of climate change,” said Vladimir Slivyak, a co-chair of Ecodefense, a grassroots Russian environmental group. “This is a wake-up call.”

The crisis, which seems to have taken the Kremlin by surprise, features a fierce and unremitting heat wave that’s now well into its second month, a drought that’s ruined as much as a third of the vitally important grain crop and a wave of seemingly uncontrollable wildfires that have blanketed half of European Russia, including the capital Moscow, in a cloud of smoke.

Russia’s state meteorological service said smog conditions in Moscow have eased from a Saturday peak, but the Ministry of Emergency Services warned that Moscow-region fires have tripled size in the past week, spreading from 65 to 210 hectares. Meanwhile, an average of 700 people are dying per day in Moscow, double the average rate, which health officials blamed on the smog.

“Our country has not experienced such a heat wave in the last 50 or even 100 years,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said last week in a speech published in English on the Kremlin’s website. “We need to learn our lessons from what has happened, and from the unprecedented heat wave that we have faced this summer.

Russia isn’t the only place where the extremes caused by climate change are in evidence. Yesterday, The New York Times offered a round-up:

The summer’s heat waves baked the eastern United States, parts of Africa and eastern Asia, and above all Russia, which lost millions of acres of wheat and thousands of lives in a drought worse than any other in the historical record.

Seemingly disconnected, these far-flung disasters are reviving the question of whether global warming is causing more weather extremes.

The collective answer of the scientific community can be boiled down to a single word: probably.

“The climate is changing,” said Jay Lawrimore, chief of climate analysis at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. “Extreme events are occurring with greater frequency, and in many cases with greater intensity.”

He described excessive heat, in particular, as “consistent with our understanding of how the climate responds to increasing greenhouse gases.”

Theory suggests that a world warming up because of those gases will feature heavier rainstorms in summer, bigger snowstorms in winter, more intense droughts in at least some places and more record-breaking heat waves. Scientists and government reports say the statistical evidence shows that much of this is starting to happen.

Here in metropolitan D.C., in addition to a searing heat wave, we’ve enduring a summer of violent, freakish thunder storms that have downed trees, caused flooding and cost lives.

Do scientists have absolute proof the freakish weather has been caused by climate change? No. Does that theory best fit the facts? Yes.

520 comments Add your comment

Pogo

August 16th, 2010
4:54 pm

Granny being a bigot is the least of her faults. Granny is a “rainbow colored glasses” liberal progressive (just like Cindy, except you have to include Cindy’s hatred of of all things white in any analysis of her). Granny is an unflappable, ideological, liberal/progressive remnant of the 60’s. Cindy is a bigoted/liberal/progressive remnant of whenever. These are about as bad as it gets in terms of any future vision for America. I mean, the vast majority of those 60’s radicals turned around and became money loving “mainstream” capitalists (not that that is a bad thing). But a few, like Granny, just continued with the socialist/progressive mantra and that IS the world they will never escape. By and large, the 60’s gang were a bunch of hypocrits. However, I don’t think Cindy is entirely a hypocrit. She has pretty much stuck to her guns about all things progressive/socialist and with the chip on her shoulder that she has carried for many years against whites. I truly believe that if there was a possibility that Chavez could take over America tomorrow Cindy would support it. To Cindy, at least Chavez is Hispanic, which technically isn’t white. As far as Chavez being a communist dictator, that would make it all the better for her or “icing on the cake” so to speak. Cindy has some really deep unresolved racial issues and if anyone wants to call anyone a bigot, it should be her.

ronald

August 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

I find it very telling that we spend much of our time debating things like global warming, gay rights, college football, traffic in downtown Atlanta, etc. etc.

And while we are debating these “issues”, there are innocent women who are being killed in the middle east by the most barbaric methods imaginable. It would seem that if people put aside their differences on really debatable issues and came together to solve non-debatable “low hanging fruit” issues like stoning, that would be a great thing. Left wingers and right-winger should all agree that this is an issue that is important enough to address, regardless of where in the world it takes place. I’d really like to see this issue take a more prominant spot on politicians’ platforms.

markie mark

August 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

Sam, I am not being argumentative….I really want to know what other industrialized countries are we behind with green energy? Europe is beating our butts off with nuclear energy, because the left effectively halted nuclear development in the US in the 70’s. I am not sure (and maybe you do know and I havent thought of it) but what other large scale alternatives are there? Certainly not wind, at this point…solar is in the development stage….

granny godzilla

August 16th, 2010
4:58 pm

thomas

nope.

i think snake handling is weird, and it is illegal in that state.

but thanks for all those words anyway.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:00 pm

WHY does Obama’s White House panic over two-party crashers but does nothing about people that crash our borders?

EXPLAIN LIBS!

markie mark

August 16th, 2010
5:02 pm

dang granny….we agree that snake handling is a little weird….but if it makes thomas happy, and I dont get bit….well, he may be in for a “heres your sign” moment himself…but you and me agreeing….is there an eclipse today?

markie mark

August 16th, 2010
5:03 pm

I’m Here…..because Obama doesnt live in Texas, Arizona, or California….

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 16th, 2010
5:03 pm

After weeks of heated debate over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero – the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York – it seems Muslim leaders will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site.

You won, America!

Thanks obozo, mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
5:06 pm

Why do you insult or demean every single thing you either do not agree with, do not understand or do not care about?

Thirty years of talk-radio has framed the political debate.

Granny Godzilla is speaking to you silly cons in your own language.

When you start to vent your poutrage with the same vehemence about talk-radio, then you will begin to have a point.

But until then…

TaxPayer

August 16th, 2010
5:12 pm

Here (if links are allowed, that is) is a little reading material for all you skeptics out there. Try it. You might like it unless facts scare you. And if links are not allowed, then perhaps this will work:

h ttp://www.skepticalscience.com/Newcomers-Start-Here.html

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:12 pm

KamKam,

How can we criticize talk radio when we love it. Libs included, as long as they stay on the air for at least 3 months and don’t broadcast at 3 AM.

philip

August 16th, 2010
5:16 pm

“Thirty years of talk-radio has framed the political debate.”

Unlike TV, where the likes of Sean Hannity or Keith Olberman shout their opinions at the top of their lungs, talk radio is where callers can put facts on the table and let logic determine the winners and losers. Its not a coincidence that liberal “ideas” don’t make the cut on radio call-in shows.

Taylor

August 16th, 2010
5:21 pm

Slaps Markie Mark a high five. I am with you on building more nuclear plants.

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
5:22 pm

Libs included, as long as they stay on the air for at least 3 months and don’t broadcast at 3 AM.

No, Commie. That’s why Air-America is a failed business model.

Most libs I know do the public broadcasting listening/watching thing.

Mr Right

August 16th, 2010
5:23 pm

The AJC pays you to write this nonsence?

Tundra Dude

August 16th, 2010
5:28 pm

Imo, the correct headline should be: “Russia has Hot Summer”

It;s not Global, it’s Local.

False alarm, anyway..latest news from Moscow is there’s a major storm coming, temps will plummet to 68 degrees….(mother nature, the party pooper)
.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:29 pm

Kamchak
August 16th, 2010
5:22 pm

Libs included, as long as they stay on the air for at least 3 months and don’t broadcast at 3 AM.

No, Commie. That’s why Air-America is a failed business model.

Most libs I know do the public broadcasting listening/watching thing.
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Thanks! Explains why channel 8 and 30 require public donations.

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
5:31 pm

…talk radio is where callers can put facts on the table and let logic determine the winners and losers.

Guess I’ll have to take your word on that, but don’t they first get screened by a producer who asks about the caller’s comment/question?

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:37 pm

Kamchak
August 16th, 2010
5:31 pm

…talk radio is where callers can put facts on the table and let logic determine the winners and losers.

Guess I’ll have to take your word on that, but don’t they first get screened by a producer who asks about the caller’s comment/question?
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Like PBS or CSPAN!

Speaking of CSPAN, Obama promised all BILLS would be discussed on CSPAN and placed online for the public’s review. Almost two years later, I haven’t seen shyt on either. WHY? Does Obama lie?

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:41 pm

Heading out to our favorite Italian restaurant tonight. Any of you LIBS want to join us, please do. It’s a real LIBERAL LOVING place.

Amalfi’s on Atlanta st. in Roswell, GA

Check it out and be sure to let Sal the bartender know how LIBERAL you are. He’s from Italy where they have ObamaCare and loves to tell you how WONDERFUL it is, especially since it almost killed his mother.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 16th, 2010
5:42 pm

Mr Right

August 16th, 2010
5:23 pm

No, the AJC pays her to cut and paste this nonsense.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 16th, 2010
5:44 pm

I’m here from the government and I’m here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:41 pm

If he’s against Obamacare, or ANY Obama legislation, he must be a racist. That’s what the O Administration always says, right?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 16th, 2010
5:44 pm

By Jay Bookman | Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 04:15 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In today’s Guardian, Sidney Blumenthal makes an argument that readers of this blog will find familiar: The election of 2008 marks the end of the Reagan era.

Yep.

Obama’s era of Democratic domination is ova- August 16, 2010

Ahahahahahahahahahaha, just laughin…

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
5:47 pm

Almost two years later, I haven’t seen shyt on either. WHY? Does Obama lie?

OH MY GOD!

A politician LIED?

Stop the presses. Freeze the interwebs, ’cause I think you’re on to something BIG.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:48 pm

C Tucker, the race baiter
August 16th, 2010
5:44 pm

I’m here from the government and I’m here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:41 pm

If he’s against Obamacare, or ANY Obama legislation, he must be a racist. That’s what the O Administration always says, right?
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Which would make me more racists than OBAMA. BTW, 100% of the world is racists. It’s natural. Those that say they are not racists, have a HAPPY never disagreeing marriage to. Those are the people I laugh at, not with and then get as far away from as possible.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:50 pm

Kamchak
August 16th, 2010
5:47 pm

Almost two years later, I haven’t seen shyt on either. WHY? Does Obama lie?

OH MY GOD!

A politician LIED?

Stop the presses. Freeze the interwebs, ’cause I think you’re on to something BIG.
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It was what he said over 1000 times, while he filled you full of hope and change. How’s that workng out for ya?

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
5:52 pm

KAMKAM and all LIBS,

Drink slowly, the hope is over and the change is coming.

Adios!

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
5:54 pm

How’s that workng[sic] out for ya?

Pretty good, so far.

But I never believed that there was enough hope in the multi-verse to dig us out of this morass that is the result of thirty some odd years of trickle-on alchemy.

Which is why I supported Juan McSame in the previous election cycle.

ronald

August 16th, 2010
5:55 pm

“BTW, 100% of the world is racists. It’s natural.”

To Mr. “I’m Here”- That is simply not true. Everyone is NOT a racist.

ronald

August 16th, 2010
5:56 pm

“Those are the people I laugh at, not with and then get as far away from as possible.”

And the 2nd part of your statement implies that you believe yourself to be a racist. If thats the case, then do us all a favor and stay far away.

Pogo

August 16th, 2010
6:00 pm

C. Tucker isn’t a race baiter. She is a “race believer” and, in her opinion, only one race (her own) really matters. No one else is worthy of living in the “Cindy Universe”. Cindy is the ultmate racist. I have read her for many, many years and the only term that can adequately describe her is ” a progressive racist”. I only read her to know how pathetic and quite frankly destructive people such as herself are thinking. It always pays to know what the fringe element is thinking. And Cindy is, if nothing else, fringe. She is a dinosaur and her day is quickly coming to past. While she has intelligence, it has been wasted on her hatred and her assumed role of being a victim. She is a lifelong victim.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
6:03 pm

ronald
August 16th, 2010
5:55 pm

“BTW, 100% of the world is racists. It’s natural.”

To Mr. “I’m Here”- That is simply not true. Everyone is NOT a racist.
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Who’s not a racists? You? ROFLMAO :)

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
6:06 pm

ronald
August 16th, 2010
5:56 pm

“Those are the people I laugh at, not with and then get as far away from as possible.”

And the 2nd part of your statement implies that you believe yourself to be a racist. If thats the case, then do us all a favor and stay far away.
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Running from Ronny! He’s a big bad boy!

Marvin the Martian

August 16th, 2010
6:06 pm

Freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution. Islam is a religion.
That’s all that you need to know. The rest is thinly veiled bigotry.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
6:07 pm

Marvin the Martian
August 16th, 2010
6:06 pm

Freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution. Islam is a religion.
That’s all that you need to know. The rest is thinly veiled bigotry.
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Build it, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!

tscali

August 16th, 2010
6:08 pm

granny and ct are bleeding hearts in need of a transfusion.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 16th, 2010
6:10 pm

Gotta go Ronny, sorry we couldn’t have a race debate. I do love a race debate! I bet you can say the “N” word but think I can’t. That’s not racists! LOL :)

Marvin the Martian

August 16th, 2010
6:24 pm

I’m here from the government,

No, sir. Your party screams “Constitution” in every sentence. If you’re going to slap it in everyone’s face, then walk the walk. If you don’t believe this center can go up, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You can’t have it both ways. Wisdom is honorable, xenophobia need not apply.

getalife

August 16th, 2010
6:41 pm

There is a mosque for block away cons.

I guess two blocks made you cut and run from our Constitution.

cons are the weakest Americans.

Hoghead

August 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

“And tonight, we are reminded that Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity. And Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been a part of America. The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan —- making it the first known iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. (Applause.)”, Barak Obama.

Wow, lies of omission and commission. Here is the crux. Tunisia was not even a nation when Jefferson was president. The guy who came to dinner was a Muslim delegate sent by the pirates of the Bay of Tunis (think about the Marines and the history you know to be true) to ransom U.S. personnel and citizens held in captivity by the pirates. Apparently things did not go well as the emissary could not get over the fact that women were present around men and Jefferson didn’t take kindly to his request for concubine services be provided him. There was a meeting, Jefferson got agitated and tossed the guy out for his effrontery. The emissary turned and asked if Americans were followers of Christ, Moses or Allah. Jefferson answered that Americans were free to worship as they wished. The emissary cursed the nation and left…

I am absolutely certain that NBC, CBS and ABC will all herald this story in the first segment of news tonight.

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TW

August 16th, 2010
8:00 pm

This fearful demonization of Islam doesn’t say much for the Christian belief in the power of Christ.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 16th, 2010
8:09 pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state’s gay marriage ban.

Even in San FranFreako, sick city in the kleptocracy of KKKalifornia, the perverted 9th Circuit Court of deviates stepped back from this depraved situation and said…..eeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

ronald

August 16th, 2010
8:41 pm

“Who’s not a racists? You? ROFLMAO”

That is correct, “I’m here from the Gov’t”. I am not a racist. Are there any other conservative posters on this site? Is it just Scout and the other conservatives are all clowns? I’ve only been posting here for a few months, but thats the conclusion I’m coming to.

ronald

August 16th, 2010
8:46 pm

TW says “This fearful demonization of Islam doesn’t say much for the Christian belief in the power of Christ.”

TW- Some Americans condemn Islam because of their violent, barbaric culture. I’m not a religous guy at all, yet I still find much to criticize about the Muslim culture. My criticism is based on my sense of basic human rights. Don’t assume that everyone who criticizes Islam is a Christian..

TaxPayer

August 16th, 2010
8:57 pm

All these self-righteous folks on here claiming that they’re just doing what’s right by speaking out against that mean old Islam because of the way some folks use it to justify killing and such yet not a single one of these holier-than-thou types have even once mentioned the little facts about Rumsfeld and his biblical presentations to Bush or Bush and his mideast wars against gog and magog or the baptist preachers that were proclaiming Bush as being their chose one and Kerry being in league with the devil. Blah, blah, blah. Hypocrites.

Jackie

August 16th, 2010
9:03 pm

For those that believe building the mosque in New York is “un-Constitutional” or “insensitive” to Americans, a Federal judge in Missouri has allowed a church that protests against servicemen and servicewomen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq to continue their practice.

ronald

August 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

Are you comparing Baptists to Muslims? Wow…

TW

August 16th, 2010
9:12 pm

Radical Muslims don’t drink as much as Baptists.

Aside from that, it’s pretty much the same mental disorder.

fratricide

August 16th, 2010
9:53 pm

GW has TIllman’s blood on his hands