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Climate Actions

International organizations ActionAid, Care International and WWF presented the joint report dedicated to compensation of climatic damage and loss at the UN climate conference in Warsaw. Some parties to the negotiations do not support the need for a separate international mechanism for compensation of damages - including the U.S. and Russia.

Russian Federation together with Wetlands International present outcomes of the studies of terrestrial ecosystems with high carbon content - steppe, peatlands and tundra. Special consideration is given to ongoing greenhouse gas emission assessment and mitigation projects for wetlands and tundra.

The breakthrough at the global carbon market for flight charges is delayed. The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Assembly postponed introduction of the carbon market in this sphere for an indefinite period of time because of opposition from Russia and a number of other countries. Despite the temporary "freezing" the process, Europe does not abandon its plans – the greenhouse gas emissions charges for flights over the European Union are introduces from 1 January 2014.

“The procedural issue which had undermined last June efforts of one of the working groups at the climate negotiations in Bonn, has been once again included in the agenda of a higher level negotiations: the UN Conference in Warsaw. Observers of the climate negotiations hope that Russia and Belarus’s proposal will not create obstacles for the negotiations as was the case in the previous session.

Moscow State Interest of International Relations (MGIMO) and the World Wildlife Fund published a paper with the results of their studies dedicated to the impact of the climate policies on the trade. Due to underestimation of the “green factor,” export plans of the Russian regions became quite vulnerable, Russian experts believe.

Resolution on the Climate and Energy of the Socio-Ecological Union 6th all-Russia Conference on “Public Support to Energy Efficiency and Development of the Civil Dialogue on the Issues of Climate Change and Sustainable Energy”

22nd-23rd of August, 2013, the 6th annual climate/energy conference of Russian Socio-Ecological Union took place in Pushkin town near St.Petersburg. In the conference “NGO Support of Energy Efficiency and Promotion of Civil Dialogue on the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Issue” 54 NGO representatives from 32 Russian regions took part. The Conference has approved a Resolution on Climate and Energy.

During the voting at the meeting of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Russia has blocked the proposal to create the world's largest polar reserve.

The authors of the Regional Climate survey on Russia are sure that Russia could become the flagship of the low-carbon era and fulfill its "thirst for grandeur" by means of climate initiatives.

Climate change is no longer an intangible and rhetorical category: it changes the economic and political map of the world. Leading insurance companies refuse to insure entire regions, referring to climate risks, and scientists argue that global warming will increase the number of wars.

The International Energy Agency stated in a special edition of its report that the "price" for delays in taking active measures against climate change by 2020 is 5 trillion dollars. The experts claim that adequate "rapid response" measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will not have negative consequences for the economy.

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