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The Paris Agreement has overcome the 55% threshold and will come into force on November 4. The majority of leading countries have ratified the Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. Russia, the fifth biggest emitter, stays on the sidelines. Representatives of public environmental organizations believe that the country has no compelling reasons to slow down the process.

According to meteorologists’ data, each of the past 2016 months has made its own temperature record. Such situation concerns academics and representatives of environmental public organizations who believe that climate changes not only provoke cataclysms but also are a fraught with hazardous incidents caused by permafrost thawing.

Plans for the Paris Climate Agreement implementation remain the subject of controversies in the Russian business community. One part of entrepreneurs sees the low-carbon plans as a threat to the economy. Businessmen who don’t share this position, experts, and NGO representatives find such opinion quite archaic and put forward proposals for the Strategy of low-carbon development.

The RF Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is currently working on the complex of measures for realization of the Paris Climate Agreement. One of the key events should be introduction of the carbon tax. Active discussions about this financial climate instrument keep going not only in Russia.

In March 2016 members of Bryansk NGO "Viola" prepared and carried out announcement of the All-Russian days of actions for climate protection within the international SPARE project. New Program " Climate Ambassadors" was presented to ecologists, members of non-governmental organizations, teachers, students within three days. Actions took place on the basis of educational institutions. Participants got advice on holding actions. Winners of SPARE competitions told about their experience. The new Program arouse a great interest.

More than 6 regions , 12 districts and cities, several universities and colleges, 35 schools, 600 kindergartens, schoolchildren and students took part in the All-Russian days of actions of "Climate Ambassadors" in Central Federal District of Russia.

The first meeting of the “Platform of BRICS Green Technologies” took place in St. Petersburg in the early April. Financing was one of the key topics of the meeting; however, Russia is not yet ready to receive investments for implementation of green technologies.

Moscow teachers got acquainted with the new program "Climate Ambassadors" at a meeting of the Association of Environmental Educators of Moscow. Schools have received information materials in the thematic mailing lists. Members of SPARE school projects made up the volunteers available and scientists were invited to the "climate messengers"program to become partners in the Program coordinated by The Phenological of Russian Geographical Society.

Friends of the Earth Directors from 25 countries are breaking off their AGM in Carlingford to travel across the border to a controversial oil and gas exploration site outside Belfast where a drilling rig was brought onsite yesterday. Local campaigners opposed to fracking are going to court on Thursday to seek an injunction to stop the company from going ahead with drilling. The drilling site is very close to a reservoir that supplies drinking water to thousands of homes.

April 26 marked 30 years since the Chernobyl NPS nuclear disaster. The events which had taken place in spring 1986 are listed in the world history as a major nuclear catastrophe. Despite the fact that the world community has acknowledged the dangers of nuclear energy, attempts to include NPSs in the list of possible ways for greenhouse gas emission reduction never stop. The nuclear power generation industry cannot help solving the problem: it only creates new ones, experts and representatives of public environmental organizations are sure.

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