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Russia may have endured its hottest summer on record and battled deadly forest fires, but attitudes on climate change remain dominated by scepticism and even mired in conspiracy theories – on the eve of the Cancun UN climate negotiations.

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For the first time in Russia in Belgorod oblast the solar PV power station was put into operation to sell electricity to the grid. The system consists of polycrystalline solar cells of 50 kW and amorphous solar panels of the same capacity. Design capacity - 133,390 kWh per year.

tjanjin.jpg(Tianjin, 9 October 2010) - Speaking on the final day of the Tianjin UN Climate Change Conference (4-9 October), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that governments had made progress in defining what could be achieved at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún (29 November to 10 December).

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At the threshold of the climate negotiations in Cancun (Mexico) Russia's state-run 1 TV channel showed a documentary about climate change, where first time presented its dangerous consequences and necessity of urgent solutions.

Peat fires like those that occurred during this summer in Russia and in the United States, pose a serious threat to the climate. Russian Social-Ecological Union notes, that there is a possibility that heat, which exacerbated the problem of forest and peat fires this summer in Russia, had links to the consequences of climate change.

Russia has confirmed its readiness to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 and boost the efficiency of energy use by 40 percent. This statement was made by the Russian deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko after a ministerial meeting on climate which took place on the sidelines of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

September 6-7: JI Technical Workshop dedicated to the prospect of JI projects after 2012 took place in St.Petersburg. The potential of JI in Russia is fairly high (as well as investors’ interest in it) and will most likely be unlocked regardless of the outcomes of the up-coming climate negotiations in Mexico due in November/December of 2010. Sadly yet typically enough, the topics of climate change and the necessity to reduce GHG emissions – the declared objective of all Kyoto mechanisms – were hardly ever mentioned.

A while ago REN21 published a report presenting the latest data on current trends in the renewable energy sector. Despite the significant growth of RE production worldwide Russia still lags behind showing some of the lowest figures on the list. Having a huge RE development potential at hand, the country lacks support and development mechanisms for the sector and prioritizes fossils exploitation.

Two and a half years after the beginning of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period Russia approves the first 15 JI projects that are supposed to ensure an over 30 mln tonnes reduction of carbon emissions in the country. This number is significantly lower than the overall potential of existing emissions-reducing projects, estimated to be over 240 mln tonnes. Most of the approved projects represent the oil and gas sector.

A new regular session of climate negotiations began in Bonn, Germany, on Monday. Representatives of 182 countries - members of the UN participate in the session, which is to last until Friday, June 11.

Currently, the world's emissions of greenhouse gases are regulated by the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in late 2012.

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