Every game has winners and losers and so it is with climate change.
In 1961 the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that up to 63% of Russia’s territory had climatic conditions deemed adverse for humans. A follow up study in 2010 said the unfavourable zone had shrunk to 50% of Russia’s remaining landmass (allowing for the dissolution of the USSR).
Now, another study by scientists from the United States, Canada, and Britain concludes that Russia has the greatest potential to become the globe’s new agricultural frontier with Russia adding 4.3 million square kilometres of new farming land over the coming century. To put that area into context, it is more than half the size of the Australian continent.
A 2021 analysis by Princeton University predicts that parts of Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia will see productivity double relative to what it would be without global warming. Additional research by the Russian Academy of Sciences and NASA’s Langley Research Centre concluded that global warming would make the climate of Siberia and the Far East more amenable to both life and agriculture. By the 2080s, climates over Asian Russia, which makes up two-thirds of the country, are projected to get “much warmer and milder,” which could lead to a five to seven-fold increase in the capacity of the territory to sustain a human population. This would result in a higher capacity for population density across the area, which is now sparsely inhabited, and make it more attractive for inbound migration.
In that regard I would leverage the opportunity for Russia to offer itself as the new home for climate refugees. Russia could become one of the main destinations to host people fleeing from extreme heat, droughts, and rising seas. As the Princeton study says, “Ultimately, the best way to adapt to global warming is … to migrate to regions that lose less or even gain from temperature increases. Many of these regions are sparsely populated today, due to their lack of amenities and productivity, but this would be improved as temperatures rise and new migrants invest in them over the next century.”
You read it here first on the Cat. Buy land in or near Yakutsk, the capital of the republic of Yakutia in Eastern Siberia…..and wait.