Events/Comments

Events/Comments

Members of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union that work at the international climate conference in Copenhagen as NGO observers, took part in a number of side events as experts. The events include: press conference of Russian NGOs “The Russian Climate Policy”, seminars “Education for sustainable energy and reducing GHG emissions”, “False promises of nuclear energy”, action “Don’t Nuke the Climate”. The daily newsletter “Below 2 Degrees” http://below2c.wordpress.com published NGO critical vision of the talks.

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11.12.2009


Head of the Russian Delegation at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen Alexander Bedritsky gave an interview to RIA Novosti. He believes that reduction of greenhouse gas emissions should be implemented regardless of what happens with the climate, because it is necessary for development of new technologies and, ultimately, for economic growth. "If you take excessive burden, it may become an obstacle for economic development. Just do not take such obligations"- he said. According to Russian NGOs, the commitments to limit the emissions by 65% of the 1990 baseline are quite feasible and beneficial for Russia, this opinion being confirmed by expert data.

Copenhagen Climat Conference 10.12.2009


Participants of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen are very interested, whether Russia will make a “present” to the rest of the world, not transferring hot-air quotas to the post-Kyoto period

An unnamed representative of the official Russian delegation at the talks in Copenhagen said that Moscow will not raise the issue of transferring unused quotas to the time period of the next agreement. “This will be our environmental present to the world” he said..

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Copenhagen 08.12.2009


In spite of the start of the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen, top Russian officials make contradictory statements on GHG reduction commitments. In the end of November, President Medvedev declared new Russian targets on GHG emission cuts. At the first day of the conference, the Minister for nature resources Trutnev said that it is “not very possible” to talk about specific numbers of Russian commitments. On 8 December at the press conference in Bella Centre, where the UN climate talks take place, Russian NGOs commented the Russian climate policy.

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03.12.2009


The world summit on climate change opens on 7 December in Copenhagen. Preparations for this conference lasted for years, but recently its results became indefinite. The RSEU opposes the proposals to make a legally non-binding political declaration the sole result of the summit. The RSEU position is expressed in the Statement of non-governmental organisations from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine on the forthcoming summit. RSEU members will take part in the conference as public observers and will express their position to the public and media during the negotiations.

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03.12.2009


The British Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) published a study, saying that if temperatures continued to increase at the present rate, by 2100 the sea level would rise by up to 1.4 metres — twice that predicted two years ago.

02.12.2009


Recently, in late November Russian Federal Law "On energy saving and improvement of energy efficiency" came into force. To make this law working instrument several additional governmental decrees as well as special federal programs of action should be adopted. RSEU considers that the big disadvantage of this Law is excluding from the draft the important chapter, devoted to the rights of ordinary energy consumers.

24.11.2009


Russia's state TV makes a hasty conclusion that "in recent years, the temperature on Earth has not increased" and "global warming is actually a hoax."

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23.11.2009


A new study has been published on possible negative consequences of climate change on the forests of Russia, Northern America and Scandinavia. According to Russian NGOs, protection of boreal forests should become one of prioritires of the international climate agreements.

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