The planet is threatened by the global warming, and national economies may die. These conclusions were made by experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who discovered the relationship between the climate and political changes and the weather. But this statement is true only for the developing countries, and the wealthy countries may continue to sleep peacefully.
The U.S. researchers analyzed the period from 1950 to 2003. Half a century was enough to realize that even the increase in temperature of one degree Celsius in a poor country reduces its economic performance by more than 1 percent. Heat and drought threaten not only the agricultural sector but also other sectors of developing countries. The MIT specialists claim that the weather directly affects the decline in labor productivity, reduction of turnover and capital investment.
“If you think about the people who work at a plant in forty-degree heat with no air conditioning, the difference between conditions in rich and poor countries will be revealed,” said Ben Olken, economics professor.
Incidentally, Russia is also on the list of the developing countries, so it is also threatened by the global warming along with Rwanda or Ecuador. According to the American professors, the Russians will soon be begging in the streets, wiping sweat from their brows. Excessive heat, apparently, affected the protest votes. It seems that it was an increase in temperature that made the opposition to take to Bolotnaya Square and Sakharov Avenue.
How else would one explain their incredible activity this summer? Professors at MIT have the answer: a temperature increase of one degree Celsius increases the probability of a coup by 3.1 per cent in the poor countries.