RSEU publications on climate
Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) consider it necessary to adopt a strong global climate agreement in December 2015, as set out in the documents of the UN Convention on Climate Change. UN climate conference in 2014 in Lima, COP-20, shall make a practical step towards the conclusion of such an agreement.
In the end of the year 2013 the approaches to Climate Strategy for Saint-Petersburg were presented at the seminar, organized by City Natural Resources Committee in cooperation with Friends of the Baltic non-governmental organization. Experts presented data on the climate change consequences in the region, and proposals to urban environment adaptation to these consequences. This is a pioneer step in Russia to create a program for adaptation to various aspects of climate change consequences, but it still doesn’t include the low-carbon development plan.
NGO believe that it is possible Cancun will result in a ‘balanced package’ that will have sufficient progress across each area, a clear work-plan in substantive areas, an overall pathway forward on KP and LCA (to COP-17/CMP7, Durban, and COP18/CMP8), and some modest clarity on legal form.
Global climate change is getting faster. Adaptation of the most vulnerable countries and areas requires international efforts and common financial arrangements.
In Russia, the climate change will lead to infrastructure breakdowns in the North as permafrost will melt, more frequent natural disasters, worse conditions for agriculture, droughts, and migration of living organisms with dangerous consequences. An assessment report of Russian Hydro-Meteorological Service entitled “On the consequences of climate change for the Russian Federation” proves such expectations to be serious.