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.

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stands for decibels

August 16th, 2010
10:16 am

Ok SFD, now just which ones, those that say we are or those who say we aren’t. I know you must have the answer.

How about going with what would seem to be the consensus among the vast majority of climatologists?

stands for decibels

August 16th, 2010
10:16 am

Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot that, along with “but, but, WEATHER,” we are sure to hear at some point that Al Gore is fat.

Dick McCain, aborted child of Bush and Gingrich

August 16th, 2010
10:18 am

Deficits don’t matter and we had to import Mexicans to work in the fields earning $50/hour because US citizens would not work for such a menial wage under such shockingly awesome globally cooled conditions unless they were free to do so without an increase in the minimum wage, tax-free.

Billybob

August 16th, 2010
10:19 am

“While the U.S. remains embroiled in a mind-boggling feud over whether climate change is real”

If you can’t even decide what to call it, do you really get to say that it is ’science’ Tucker? You don’t get to have it both ways, even though that IS the LIBERAL WAY. Your quote shows you think you are smarter, but trust me, you are not. You are a pawn for global redistribution of wealth Tucker. Plain and simple. THIS JUST IN!!!!………Global hot weather patterns caused by…..THE SUN!!!!!

RambleOn84

August 16th, 2010
10:23 am

Again…

The highest tax bracket for 2010 starts for people earning $373,000…think about this for a moment.

While that is certainly a large amount of money (more than 10 times what I make), there are people making one thousand times that much money, who are taxed at the same rate. Although actually that’s not true, because people making millions usually set up “foundations,” where they get to keep all but a small pittance and get taxed virtually nothing.

Now I do not agree with progressive tax in the first place; but if you were gonna do it, why would you stop “progressing” with people who make a tiny fraction of what the super-rich in this country make?

Because the super-rich make the laws for their own benefit. Lobbyists and other private interests run this country.

Cap-and-trade was their idea…do you honestly think it will benefit us?

neo-Carlinist

August 16th, 2010
10:23 am

November Surprise, you are not helping your case. “Christians” (the fake, shallow, ones) are not “the most hated people in the country”. I would argue that as a “Christian nation” – Christians are the most “hating” people in the country. See: Bratty1’s earlier post (Gays, Muslims, Socialists, African Americans). In fact, I think “Christians” feel left out, and they realize there is political power in being a “minority” or being “abused” – so they have assumed the classic “woe is me” posture. This PATHETIC arrogance couched as “suffering” or more accurately, igonorance presented as “faith” is the cornerstone of ALL religions (Islam included). I hate to get all Dr. Phil on your behind, but Christians, like anyone; are responsible for their own happiness, self-esteem, etc. I don’t “hate” you, I pity you for your shallow, superstitious, fear-driven existence. I “hate” what this worldview does to my life, but I don’t hate you (or any Christian. In fact, there are many of which I am quite fond).

Williebkind

August 16th, 2010
10:23 am

stands for decibels

August 16th, 2010
10:16 am
Are you referring to that number of 3000 scientist for and 33,000 said it aint so?

Captain Kangaroo

August 16th, 2010
10:24 am

Quoting a Russian environmental group ? Well that’s proof for sure.

T-Town

August 16th, 2010
10:24 am

“How about going with what would seem to be the consensus among the vast majority of climatologists?”

Do you remember the debate on aspirin, it was either good for you or bad for you depending on what scientific research you believe. How about caffeine, red wine, sunshine, Great Lake levels, etc. When I was in Vietnam we were told we were winning and we were told we were losing the war. Some still believe we pulled out so we didn’t lose. Some still believe we didn’t go to the moon, that Lee Harvey didn’t act alone, and the Holocaust didn’t happen. I say it just depends on what side you hitch your horse to (an old-timer like me remembers horses).

You say if the vast majority says it’s true, it must be true.

Top Priority

August 16th, 2010
10:24 am

stands for decibels – nah, but Al sure loves massages.

uga_b

August 16th, 2010
10:24 am

If only the dinosaurs had cap and trade to protect them from climate change. Thanks George W. Bushasaurus!

Roe Roe Roe the boat

August 16th, 2010
10:24 am

Lefties will always be willing to sacrifice the children.

kayaker 71

August 16th, 2010
10:25 am

On a more urgent note…… Russia is delivering the fuel necessary to power Iran’s primary reactor with enough fuel to generate numerous nuclear weapons. And they are doing it this week. After the fuel is delivered and the reactor primed, blowing it up would spread nuclear fallout all over the Mid East. So Bebe will have to react soon to wipe this thing out. Why don’t you “progressives” out there stop contemplating your navel about “climate change” and start worrying about something that could impose it’s ugly will on us a bit sooner. I wonder if Bozo has given this any thought. Perhaps a swim in the Gulf has refreshed him sufficiently so he can think clearly.

Top Priority

August 16th, 2010
10:25 am

Cynthia says “Russian government sees harsh evidence of global warming”

I say “Americans see harsh evidence of Obama Socialist policies”.

Dick McCain, aborted child of Bush and Gingrich

August 16th, 2010
10:27 am

The GOP is on to the evil facist socialist communist marxist klanist non-conservativist progressivist plan of global re-distribution of wealth. Yes. It will mean that everyone will finally get to stay warm during the winter. Hence the deceptive name, “global warming”. We will not let you get away with this evil plan. Wealth must be restricted to those that deserve it.

Top Priority

August 16th, 2010
10:27 am

neo-Carlinist – I don’t think you went Dr. Phil on us. Jerry Springer perhaps, but not Dr. Phil.

uga_b

August 16th, 2010
10:27 am

Good thing we Tribamatops to save us.

Captain Kangaroo

August 16th, 2010
10:27 am

If liberals believe that burning fossil fuels is man causing climate change they have nothing to worry about Obama is doing his best to stop all economic activity -hence no more fossil fuel!

uga_b

August 16th, 2010
10:30 am

You would think a country who lost a lot of its population to a giant ice bridge thousands of years ago might realize that Earth temperatures change…

Up next, top democrat scientists declare that water still wet!

Jim Pierce

August 16th, 2010
10:31 am

Liberals have never missed an opportunity to tax ANYTHING. Global warming is another “excuse” to tax the people. Apparently, Tax cures everything.

stands for decibels

August 16th, 2010
10:34 am

Are you referring to that number of 3000 scientist for and 33,000 said it aint so?

good lord, are you actually referencing that farce known as the “petition project?”

really?

neo-Carlinist

August 16th, 2010
10:34 am

T-Town, good points ‘cept Oswald. I think the Warren Commission findings have been refuted – to the extent that the government now acknowledges the existence of a “conspiracy”. And in doing so, they are not speculating, but rather confirming that Oswald did NOT act alone. If more than one person is involved, it is by definition a “conspiracy”. For example, 9/11 was a “conspiracy”. It may not have been the “conspiracy” proferred by Charlie Sheen and Rosie O’Donnell, OR George Bush (al Qeada-Iraq link), but it was a conspiracy, as it was planned and executed by more than one person.

Top Priority

August 16th, 2010
10:37 am

Dick McCain, aborted child of Bush and Gingrich – Did you meant to say “Wealth must be restricted to those that DESERVE it.”?

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 16th, 2010
10:37 am

JFKs passing was a good thing. After the cuban missle crisis we no longer needed him. Then there was “Bobby” JFK’s cover-up boy/lap dog who would have been worse then JFK.

Teddy? Well no comment need be made other than his record speaks for itself.

A "Voice"

August 16th, 2010
10:37 am

John, August 16th, 2010, 8:26 am ~ Ct doesn’t write this stuff . . . she cuts and pastes it. Anyone can go through newspapers, articles, opinions and find support for their point of view. It just so happens she gets paid to do that.
Granny — the weather constantly changes; has for years . . . some days a record is set and some days not. Actually scientists can only speculate about the weather prior to recordkeeping. And just like CT who can always find support for her point of view in the media, etc. . . . there are always scientists on both sides of this argument. Just because one says it is so . . . doesn’t make it so. It works both ways. . . unfortunately.

godless heathen

August 16th, 2010
10:37 am

How about a consensus on what the correct global climate should be? The 2010 climate, the 1950 climate, the 2000 BC climate? How can we strive for the correct climate until there is a consensus as to what it is?

Can any of you Chicken Littles find two studies for us skeptics: 1) A study that shows that the rate of change in climatic conditions is unprecedented in the recent history of the earth, say the last 5 million years or so, and 2) A study that defines the “ideal” climate for the planet.

Bubba

August 16th, 2010
10:37 am

I just read that California is having the coolest summer in decades. And that Antarctic ice is a record high levels. And Germany is having its coolest summer in years, same with parts of South America. What gives?

stands for decibels

August 16th, 2010
10:39 am

here, if you want a laugh, and have some aspirin handy for the headache-inducing html coding at the link:

www. petitionproject. org

(remove the spaces, of course)

That’s the sooper-scientifical organization of “33,000 scientists” our Williebkind believes in.

Good Grief

August 16th, 2010
10:40 am

Jeez, go outside for about ten minutes and just watch the climate change. In fact, the climate is constantly changing. We’re in greater danger from the climate suddenly staying the same.

I wouldn’t have nearly so much of a problem with these climate change people if they weren’t so dead-set on using climate change as a reason to take money from industrial nations and give it to third world countries.

T-Town

August 16th, 2010
10:40 am

Neo, My point was not if Oswald acted alone, or there was a conspiracy. My point was you can believe what you want to believe whether it’s right or wrong. Not that it’s true or false on what the majority think.

Dick McCain, aborted child of Bush and Gingrich

August 16th, 2010
10:44 am

Our top UGA scientist, Son-Of-A-Gramm, and his faithful sidekick, InHuff-n-Puff, have recently completed an exhaustive study that proves once and for all that inhalation of a carbon dioxide atmosphere void of oxygen has no lasting harmful side effects aside from death and they’re good with that as long as there is a proven 20% year-over-year return over their constituency’s life spans.

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:46 am

Here is the text of Newsweek’s 1975 story on the trend toward global cooling. It may look foolish today, but in fact world temperatures had been falling since about 1940. It was around 1979 that they reversed direction and resumed the general rise that had begun in the 1880s, bringing us today back to around 1940 levels. A PDF of the original is available here. A fine short history of warming and cooling scares has recently been produced. It is available here.

Just google “global cooling, newsweek”. Ah the 1970s. Global cooling and pet rocks.

Top Priority

August 16th, 2010
10:47 am

Dick McCain, aborted child of Bush and Gingrich

….meanwhile, back at the ranch Al Gore is getting a massage and conjuring up more “evidence” of climate change.

neo-Carlinist

August 16th, 2010
10:47 am

T-Town, got it. as has I have said many times, when channeling my lord and savior George Carlin; “…never believe what the government or the media tells you…” or, as Neal Boortz offers when signing on, and I believe on his website; “…do not believe anything you hear/read on this program unless you know it to be absolutely true…”. And maybe that’s the point of this whole mess. an INDIVIDUAL should “trust” his/her own logic, reason power of deduction before trusting the Russian government, Al Gore, a CNN poll, or some scientist who is owned by a special interest. and this include the “greatest” (story ever told) special interest of all; religion (more accurately, some charlatan, prophet, or clergyman who claims to speak on behalf of god)

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
10:48 am

…cram down our throats.

I have found that those who complain about having something crammed down their throats, are the same ones who will swallow just about anything.

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Journalists have warned of climate change for 100 years, but can’t decide weather we face an ice age or warming.

It was five years before the turn of the century and major media were warning of disastrous climate change. Page six of The New York Times was headlined with the serious concerns of “geologists.” Only the president at the time wasn’t Bill Clinton; it was Grover Cleveland. And the Times wasn’t warning about global warming – it was telling readers the looming dangers of a new ice age.

The year was 1895, and it was just one of four different time periods in the last 100 years when major print media predicted an impending climate crisis. Each prediction carried its own elements of doom, saying Canada could be “wiped out” or lower crop yields would mean “billions will die.”

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Following the ice age threats from the late 1800s, fears of an imminent and icy catastrophe were compounded in the 1920s by Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan and an obsession with the news of his polar expedition. As the Times put it on Feb. 24, 1895, “Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again.”

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

August 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Global warming, what a JOKE – remember how COLD it was this past winter?

Continue to carry on the JOKE for Al Gore. Your columns have become such a disapointment. Still waiting on you to take Michelle “the private citizen with Secret Service” to task for the trip to Spain.

Oh, wait you can’t talk bad about the Liar in Chief’s family, can you?

stands for decibels

August 16th, 2010
10:51 am

swallow just about anything.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Matti

August 16th, 2010
10:51 am

I see the bile of human hatred is flowing strong this muggy Monday morning. Yuk! Some of y’all need to call your preacher and have him meet you at the river again. Clearly, the first time didn’t take.

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:51 am

After a while, that second phase of climate cautions began to fade. By 1954, Fortune magazine was warming to another cooling trend and ran an article titled “Climate – the Heat May Be Off.” As the United States and the old Soviet Union faced off, the media joined them with reports of a more dangerous Cold War of Man vs. Nature.

The New York Times ran warming stories into the late 1950s, but it too came around to the new fears. Just three decades ago, in 1975, the paper reported: “A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable.”

TommyJack

August 16th, 2010
10:51 am

Rule #1. Never, I mean never, believe anything the godless Rooskies say.

T-Town

August 16th, 2010
10:52 am

In the middle ages, the consensus of most of the doctors at that time was that “blood letting” was the best thing for almost any illness. And during this time most of the people that called themselves scientists believed that the earth was flat. Since the majority of people believe this to be true, it must have been.

On a different note, in my younger days my mother told me that “spanking the monkey” will make you go blind. I can tell you my eye sight is very clear.

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:52 am

We just make this up, right Cynthia? Here’s the bottom line:

“This isn’t a question of science. It’s a question of whether Americans can trust what the media tell them about science.”

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:54 am

T-Town – so was your mother wrong or did you refrain from “spanking the monkey”?

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:55 am

Global Cooling: 1954-1976

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear era, but I have no fear
’Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river
– The Clash
“London Calling,”
released in 1979

Orange10

August 16th, 2010
10:55 am

This has been the hottest Summer I can remember.

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:56 am

It just keeps getting better and better:

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, amidst hysteria about the dangers of a new ice age. The media had been spreading warnings of a cooling period since the 1950s, but those alarms grew louder in the 1970s.

Kamchak

August 16th, 2010
10:56 am

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I was thinking more along the lines of “the smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.”

Global cooling....global cooling....global.....

August 16th, 2010
10:57 am

“The cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people in poor nations,” wrote Lowell Ponte in his 1976 book “The Cooling.”