Global warming? Cool!, climatologist says
December 7th, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Global warming? Cool!, climatologist says

Global warming isn't such a bad thing, a leading Russian climatologist told a conference last week.

The effects of rising temperatures will save on heating, increase farm production and open northern sea channels, said Vladimir Klimenko of the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, according to a Moscow Times article.

On the downside, several Siberian and Far Eastern Russian cities will have to be rebuilt, Klimenko conceded in his report to Russian and German scholars at a conference sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a German organization that supports scientific study.

Regardless, "the reduction of heating alone outweighs all the negative results [of global warming] by many times," Klimenko said, according to Moscow Times. If the savings are used wisely, "then something can be achieved," he said.

Shorter heating seasons will save Russia 3 billion tons of oil by 2050 and 17 billion tons by 2150, Klimenko said.

At the same time, the growing season will lengthen and more land will be available for farming as northern climates warm up, he said.

Russia's Arctic coast will be ice-free for 105 days by 2100, and the Barents and Pechora seas will be open to navigation year-round, he predicted.

Andrei Shmakin of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences told the Moscow Times that global warming will cause droughts in Russia's south, heavy snowfalls in Siberia and icebergs on the seas, negating any imagined benefits.

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  1. AzBlessed

    So who do we believe...the Russian climatologist or the Russian geographer? They are contradicting each other!

    December 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reynardine Greencastle

    The name Klimenko sounds too much like Lysenko, for starters, and it doesn't stop there. There have, indeed, been Green Sahara periods, in the Pleistocene and immediate post- Pleistocene periods, which had to do with the fluctuation of the monsoon belt. During the latter, the Central Asian deserts began growing, as they have done with increasing speed in the last two centuries, and as the Sahara itself has done since the 1980s. Florida, the countries flanking the Padma delta, our own Mississippi embayment at least as far as Memphis, are all at risk. Meanwhile, the lands uncovered by retreating ice or relinquished by permafrost are likely to be claimed by the advancing salt estuaries of the great north-flowing Siberian rivers, as will the currently arable lands near the Vistula, the Rhein, the Seine, the Loire... Adapt? Adapt in decades to processes that used to take centuries, even decades? Not without horrendous loss and misery, if at all. I only hope this cretin is there to be caught up with and eaten by the desparate, then.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

    Bu Bu Uh Unmm Uh Uh COW FARTS!!! LOL, Al Gore is a proven fraud. I can't believe there are people who still believe in this con. But hey, Liberals never cease to amaze me. Hey Libs, was it the dinosaurs fault when the eath went through a warming period during there time? Dinosaur Made Global Warming? Maybe they farted a lot which made the earth warmer. LMFAO, Libs are Clowns

    December 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      There are things besides greenhouse gases that have warmed the earth in the past and will continue to do so - changes in solar output and differences in the earth's tilt and orbit, for example. It's just that greenhouse gases are one factor that we have some control over. The Greenhouse Effect is a scientific fact, which even scientists who are global warming skeptics won't deny. The only legitimate debates out there are over how much of an effect humans have (not whether they do at all) and how serious the implications of global warming are. To write the whole thing off as a "con" shows a pure willful ignorance.

      December 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • KyleXR8

      Indeed – more complete ignorance. Oh, and by the way, the correct term is 'their' not 'there.' You apparently don't understand basic grammar, yet you so clearly understand a complex subject like climate change.

      Please crawl back into your partisan hole and let the adults work on the problem.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Damn you commenters write good.
    How do you know all this stuff?

    December 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank

    Yeah yeah. Siberians then can enjoy running around their skiveys in December and January, while Austrailians and Africans can enjoy slapping a steak on the sidewalk and have it microwaved right before their eyes. 🙂

    December 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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