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APRIL 26, 2022 |
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Over-reliance on railroads has been one of Russia’s biggest stumbling blocks in the war, writes researcher Emily Ferris in her widely read and cited piece, “Russia’s Military Has a Railroad Problem.” Ferris is a leading expert on the topic of Russian railways and unpacks some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s many logistical problems as well as gleaning clues as to where the conflict might lead next.

Staying with Russia, FP’s Michael Hirsh set out to answer one of the most vexing questions in the world today: Why hasn’t Moscow crumbled under the weight of Western sanctions? Putin is continuing to make “at least a billion dollars a day” selling oil and gas, mostly to Europe, one expert tells Hirsh in this comprehensive and, at times surprising, report on the state of the Russian economy.

– The Editors 

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New and Noteworthy

  • Climate Summit – Day 1: The first day of our high-impact agenda will highlight improving legacy systems, making smart use of scarce resources, and deploying advanced technologies in the pursuit of strong and secure energy systems. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern are among the speakers who will give remarks. Register hereApril 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. 
  • Climate Summit – Day 2: Our second day will turn an eye toward the role of waste reduction and cleaner consumption in pursuing ecological protections. Speakers include former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Jordanian Queen Rania al-Abdullah, and Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada. Register here. April 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST.
  • Climate Change and War: Governments and humanitarian aid organizations are scrambling to mitigate the near- and medium-term impacts of war, but how are these challenges being compounded by the ongoing effects of climate change? New research from FP Analytics addresses this critical question.

Chart of the Week: Number of Weather-Related Disasters by Cause From 1990 to 2019

As temperatures continue to rise, climate-related natural disasters are becoming more frequent. While only 12 La Niña events were recorded between 1954 and 1998, the same number has been recorded from 1998 until today. Droughts are likely to only become more common, leading to crop failures, and climate change has also been linked to a loss of animal productivity due to heat stress, disease, and biodiversity loss, all of which will threaten domestic food systems and increase regional reliance on food imports. Read more on this topic.

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From Around FP

  • Appearances: FP’s Amy Mackinnon joined Deadline: White House on MSNBC last week to discuss her report on the fall of Mauripol and what it would mean for the war in Ukraine.
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