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Climate Actions

Russia decided to join the global initiative to reduce the short living climate factors (SLCF) within the G8 framework. Representatives of environmental NGOs are sure that participation in this agreement will encourage Russia to implement additional climate action that will benefit its economy.

The year 2011 set a record of CO2 emissions: the amount of climate pollution has increased by 1 Gt and made 31.6 Gt, says the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/news/2012/may/name,27216,en.html

On the eve of the Rio +20 International Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in late June, more than a million citizens have signed a call for world leaders to stop subsidizing fossil fuels - coal, oil and gas.

According to the UN report "Energy Sector and Sustainable Development," http://www.undp.ru/documents/NHDR_2009_English.pdf, Russia's GDP energy intensity decreased more rapidly than in many countries around the world, by nearly 5 % per year. Despite this, there is no reason for celebration. In fact, Russia just went up in the GDP energy intensity rating from the 141th to 133rd place of 150.

On May, 16th Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development approved another 36 JI projects totaling 128,1 mln tons of CO2. Oil and gas projects still form the largest part of those approved.

Some observers call the climate negotiations session that ended last week in Bonn one of the most unsuccessful. Others are somewhat more optimistic: "Although absolutely nothing has been done, at least, nothing happened that could endanger the most important cause - the beginning of work on a new agreement."

The next round of international negotiations on climate change began in Bonn (Germany). This is the first official meeting of the parties, which will discuss the so-called "Durban platform" - a policy paper on a new climate agreement.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released a brief guide on developing low carbon strategies for climate-sustainable development in Russian language. Its authors believe that, without well-planned implementation programs, efforts of the countries become ineffective isolated actions.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has published a guide Catalyzing Climate Finance. The authors of the publication say that preventing climate change and adaptation to it are fully compatible with the objectives of economic development.

During a recent meeting with members of the Russian Antarctic Expedition, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that before Russia takes climate commitments related to the future of its industry and economy as a whole, it is necessary to achieve common understanding, common approaches, and common principles. Meanwhile, in Climate Change Performance Index 2012, Russia has lost seven positions, finishing 55th out of 61.

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