Russia in the Time of Climate Change

Climate change will reshape Russian politics, economics, and society. As the European Union and China set ambitious carbon neutrality goals, can Russia transition away from a fossil-fuel export economy? How will climate change interact with regional political dynamics and Russia’s Arctic economic ambitions? Who in Russia is responsible for managing a jarring uptick in environmental disasters? What is the state of environmental activism in Russia? This new initiative from the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program brings leading Russian voices on climate change, civil society, and center-region dynamics to bear on these questions and others.

This initiative is made possible by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Commentaries


Climate Darling or Potemkin Village? Russia’s Carbon-Neutral Experiment in Sakhalin

Russia's carbon-neutral experiment in Sakhalin has the potential to be a climate darling or Potemkin village.

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Photo: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images



Russian Political Forces Meet Climate Change

Though Russian voters are not clamoring for a change in climate policies, they are anxious about the dangers of a changing climate. Does the climate agenda have a political future in Russia?

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Photo: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images



Environmental Activism in Russia: Strategies and Prospects

In spite of the growing pressure on civil society activists and opposition leaders in Russia, grassroots environmental activism is on the rise.

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Photo: OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images



Back to the Future? Russia’s Climate Policy Evolution

As key trade partners adopt carbon neutrality targets, Russia faces an economic reckoning. What are its energy alternatives in a low-carbon future?

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Photo: MAXIM ZMEYEV/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: MAXIM ZMEYEV/AFP/Getty Images



Who Is Responsible for Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change in Russia?

Environmental disasters are mounting in Russia. Who is responsible for managing climate change?

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Photo: IRINA YARINSKAYA/Zapolyarnaya pravda newspaper/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: IRINA YARINSKAYA/Zapolyarnaya pravda newspaper/AFP/Getty Images



Climate Change Will Reshape Russia

As Russia warms faster than the rest of the world, climate change will shape its strategic future.

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Photo: IRINA YARINSKAYA/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: IRINA YARINSKAYA/AFP/Getty Images


Events


Russia in the Time of Climate Change

Please join the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program for a discussion on Russian climate policy and the effects of climate change on Russia’s strategic future with CSIS’s three Russian Visiting Fellows: Angelina Davydova, Georgy Safonov, and Andrei Semenov

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Photo: ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images


Podcast Episodes


Of Russia’s Energy Markets, Transitions, and Future - Russian Roulette Episode 110

In this episode of Russian Roulette, Heather sits down Georgy Safonov and Nikos Tsafos.

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CSIS Russian Roulette