Caspian Report: How Climate Change Benefits Russia
While Americans are debating the authenticity of climate change, the Russians are planning to capitalize on it. Climate change will displace up to 143 million people by 2050, according to a study by the World Bank. As families flee water scarcity, crop failure and rising sea levels, the refugee crisis is bound to wreak havoc on the international system with tremendous economic and political consequences. Russia, however, is likely to be insulated from the most disastrous effects. In fact, the Russians actually stand to benefit from climate change in numerous ways, and policymakers in Moscow believe this is their license to global resurgence.