Russia Warned Over Climate Change

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 22, 2009 -- Russia is the latest country to have been warned by scientists that it will suffer at the hands of climate change spurred on by global warming unless something is done to put a halt to it.Forest fires, floods and droughts are likely to become features of the Russian climate over the coming decades, a study by the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring warned, according to the Associated Press. Head of the meteorology organisation Alexander Bedritsky explained that the team wished to expand on research into global warming`s effects on Russia. `Naturally, (Russia) has a lot of climatic distinctions and we wanted to know how climate change and global warming affects different parts of Russia, to know what exactly is going on,` he said.Temperatures have risen by around 1.29 degrees Celsius over the past century - higher than the global average of 0.74 degrees. The country`s Institute for Global Warming has warned that although the increasing temperatures could benefit Russia`s farmers by creating more arable land due to permafrost melt, new pests such as locusts could appear on the scene causing crop devastation. If Russia`s permafrost melts, it could contribute to an acceleration of global warming - it was recently suggested that frozen soil or permafrost is responsible for holding around a trillion tonnes of carbon that would be released if it melts.

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