"The National Intelligence Council-sponsored workshop entitled 'The Implications of Global Climate Change in Russia', held on May 18, 2009, brought together a panel of Russia experts to consider the probable effects of climate change on Russia from a social, political, and economic perspective. The panelists concluded that Russia is reaching a point where serious deterioration of its physical and human capital is a major obstacle to sustainable economic growth and Russia's capacity to adapt and protect its people will be tested out to 2030. Climate change will add additional stress to energy and transportation infrastructure burdens. However, given Russia's high overall state capacity and the mixed or comparatively tolerable nature of most anticipated climate change impacts over the next twenty years, climate change is unlikely to lead to a general failure of the Russian state."
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