Russia’s war is weakening scientists’ ability to track the climate.

Syllabus: GS-III; Subject: Environment, Ecology and Disaster Management; Topic: Global Warming and Climate Change, Issue: Tracking Climate change.

Context: War hampers climate data collection, impacting Arctic monitoring efforts.

Impact of War on Climate:

  • Collateral damage from geopolitical events affects scientific efforts worldwide.
  • The collapse of global collaborations hinders scientific research in the Arctic.
  • Exclusion of Russian data biases climate models, hindering accuracy.

Way forward:

  • Suggestions to counter bias include seeking data from similar Arctic regions.
  • Open data sharing and standardization are crucial for effective climate research.
  • Scientists emphasize the importance of continuous data collection despite challenges.
  • Urgent need for safeguarding continuous observation networks amid conflicts.
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