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Climate Actions

Russia is one of the few countries which still have not ratified the Paris Agreement. Discussion on its aspects is currently taking place in Bonn (Germany) at the UN Climatic Conference. On the eve of the summit, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) research group placed Russia into the list of countries with “catastrophically inadequate climate policy.”

The global UN Climate Change Conference (СОР-23) is starting on November 6 in Bonn (Germany). While no cardinal decisions are expected to be made in the course of the summit, civil society activists anticipate that the event will show the world the unanimity of countries in the acknowledgement of the climate change problem and ways of its resolution. Russian NGOs have approved a Position, addressed to COP23 and national official delegation http://rusecounion.ru/eng_rseu_position_bonn2017

The Khanty-Mansisky Autonomic District / Yugra Government approved the Plan of Action for Climate Change Adaptation.  The survey held by the Climate Secretariat of the Russian Social Ecological Union confirmed that regions had started to shape their climate policies but they lack systematic state support in this sphere.  

The solar power development will attract more investments than the coal, gas, and nuclear power production combined: the Frost & Sullivan Research Company presented its report on the “Global Power Industry Outlook 2017.” So far, no rapid development of solar power development can be seen in Russia, despite its huge potential in this sphere.

Participants of the UN climate negotiations session in Bonn (Germany) have composed everything necessary to outline the structure of the Paris Climate Agreement realization, i.e., draft lists of the parts of negotiation texts for the Parties’ Conference (КС-23). The initiatives of the “May Bonn” should make the basis for another conference in Bonn, i.e., the main climate meeting of the year, which will take place next November. 

Russia can quadruple its quota in renewable energy sources in it power balance by 2030.  The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) had presented a special report on the “RESs Road Map 2030. Prospects for the Development of Renewable Energy for RF.” Even the ambitious plans we can hear today can provide for a lot less than Russia needs and than it corresponds to its RESs resources, representatives of public environmental organizations believe.

Russian scholars have developed a climate model which allows to identify the most vulnerable to climate change territories. Support of scholarly researches and programs for adaptation of Russian regions should be the priority of state support, representatives of public environmental organizations believe.

On the 15th of April at the Russian state library for youth hosted a stand-up called "Tell your idea to the Minister", where Daria Mytareva, a member of the Board of the Russian socio-ecological Union and the youth program coordinator, presented the national youth campaign "Climate Ambassadors".

Representatives of the Russian energy business argue against reduction of state support to renewable energy sources.  Representatives of the Enel energy company established in the result of reforming RAO UES of Russia sent a letter to Vice Prime Minister Arkadiy Dvorkovich concerning the negative impact on the economy of the resolution on reduction of the RESs-generated power takeoff.

Abandoning coal is turning into one of the most talked about topics in the global climate community. Former apologists of the coal energy get onto the low-carbon path.  What complaints ecologists have against the fossil fuel and why do they call for the life without coal?

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