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Russia's state TV makes a hasty conclusion that "in recent years, the temperature on Earth has not increased" and "global warming is actually a hoax."

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A new study has been published on possible negative consequences of climate change on the forests of Russia, Northern America and Scandinavia. According to Russian NGOs, protection of boreal forests should become one of prioritires of the international climate agreements.


On November 13 and 14, the Russian Socio-Ecological Union held in St.Petersburg the conference “Public Participation in Development of National Climate and Energy Policy”. Leading experts on climate change, energy policy, energy efficiency, Kyoto Protocol mechanisms made their presentations at the Conference. The Conference participants discussed the development of the national policy, and the experience and action plans of NGOs on climate and energy.

The Conference participants adopted the Appeal to Russian President and Government. In the Appeal, the immediate necessary measures on formation and implementation of the effective climate policy of Russia are proposed.

Appeal by Russian NGOs


November 12-13 Russian Socio-Ecological Union held in St.Petersburg the international conference “Strengthening NGO Involvement in Climate and Energy Policy-making”. Participants from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine exchanged experience of lobby work for better national climate/energy policy, NGO watch of climate negotiation and promotion of climate friendly energy solutions on national and local level. Participants has approved the Statement of Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian NGOs on UN Climate conference in Copenhagen.

Statement of Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian NGOs


A Governmental Decree authorized Russian Sberbank to conduct competitions for Joint Implementation projects under the Kyoto Protocol. The new procedure makes realization of such projects in Russia more dificult, while they could lead to reduction of 240 million tons of emissions of greenhouse gases.

On November 13 and 14, the Russian Socio-Ecological Union holds in St.Petersburg the conference “Public Participation in Development of National Climate and Energy Policy”. The goals of the conference include:

  • joining NGOs involved in climate and energy issues;
  • working out the RSEU Position on climate and energy towards Copenhagen summit in December 2009;
  • preparing RSEU Action Plan on involving NGOs and enhancing efficiency of their activities n climate and energy issues after the Copenhagen summit.

Programm of conference

Alexander Fedorov

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Фото: РКИК ООНRussian NGOs at the climate negotiations in Barselona demand speeding up the negotiations for a new climate agreement. Earlier this week, Russian prime minister Putin outlined the conditions under which Russia may join this agreement.


On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action, Russian Socio-Ecological Union, WWF (Moscow), Greenpeace Russia and several other NGOs appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev with a letter in which they made suggestions on position of the Russian Federation to the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention in Copenhagen.

On 12 October, the First Channel of the Russian TV has shown a ‘documentary’, which denied connection between global warming and human activities, gave ignorant arguments and misrepresentations of the Kyoto Protocol, and climate research results.

The RSEU Climate Secretariat states that propaganda of inaction in the sphere of adaptation to climate change and cuts of GHG emissions is harmful both for Russia and for the whole world. The RSEU is sure that transition to high-tech energy-efficient technologies will contribute not only in cuts of GHG emissions, but in reaching competitiveness of the Russian economy.