Although societies adapt and evolve along
with their climate, this has been an especially difficult task for Russia because of
its severe and capricious climate. Indeed,
extremes are the norm, and this has always
taxed the ability of Russian agriculture to
produce enough food for its people. While
the soils can be rich, the rains can be
fickle, and large parts of the main agricultural areas have been affected by severe
drought at least once or twice a decade
during the 20th century. Given the severity
of its current climate, it is not surprising
that some consider climate change a positive development for Russia – Climate
models compute that the country is likely
to become generally warmer and more
moist, and it follows that warmer temperatures will bring longer growing seasons,
while higher levels of precipitation might
be better for crops

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Center for Environmental Systems Research University of Kassel

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