The Russian Arctic is warming 3.7 times faster than the world average
Russia is warming 2.5 times faster than the world average, while Russian Arctic warming rates are 3.7 times higher than those for the rest of the world, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Anopriyenko noted at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“According to Russian scientists, Russia is warming 2.5 times faster than the world on average, and the Russian Arctic is warming 3.7 times faster,” he said.
Anopriyenko added that temperatures in all Arctic districts had been rising much faster in the past 30 years, and that they had gone up by over four degrees. “The warming process inevitably reduces the sea ice area,” the deputy minister noted. “According to long-term observations, the area has dwindled more than three-fold in the past 10 years.”
It is impossible to stop the climate change process immediately, even if all production facilities stop operating all over the world, he said. "Experts estimate the potential economic losses, due to be incurred by melting permafrost layers by 2050, at no less than 5 trillion rubles or over $80 billion,” Anopriyenko added.