Why Russian doomsday climate predictions may prove prophetic


Climate change was back in the spotlight for the Russian media last week, with doomsday-style predictions of more extreme weather events, rapidly warming Arctic and growing global average temperatures.

The scary headlines literally say stuff like Arctic temperatures might rise by up to 7 degrees by 2100 compared to 2.8 degrees globallyClimate change means more extreme weather eventsand Average temperatures in Russia growing twice as fast as globally – things mentioned in WWF Russia’s  “Answering the Climate Sceptic’s 100 Questions” handbook.

While some of those stories are invariably generic, others boast frightening numbers, albeit without all that boring stuff like scenarios, confidence levels and uncertainty, or even where the data was taken from.