Friday, May 4, 2012

What does the weather mean for Russian agriculture?

Some have suggested that Russia should welcome global warming as it would make more of the country’s land farmable, but that approach is a little naive.

There have been a lot of scientific discussions recently about what to call the climatic processes that are now engulfing the world. To me, it does not really matter whether they are called “global warming” or “climate change.”

Either way, it is a big problem for the agricultural sector. Furthermore, it is not even about temperatures changing. Incidentally, if we knew for sure that each summer would be one or two degrees warmer, it would be possible to adapt to it. I would, therefore, call the situation we are now witnessing “global climate unpredictability.” Each season has brought us new surprises and this is precisely agriculture’s biggest trouble. Read More