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Events/Comments

On July 12 in Kaliningrad, the Russian Socio-Ecological Union and Friends of the Baltic NGO held a seminar for journalists and the public "Energy efficiency against climate change" within the international bicycle campaign "Sea-Nature-Energy", visited the oil platform D6, discussed energy-efficient solutions for the residential sector and education for schoolchildren on energy saving.

On June 25-26, Moscow hosted the International conference on environmental education for sustainable development. The participants of the workshop "Smart Energy and Problems of Education", co-organized by the Russian Green Cross and the Russian Socio-Ecological Union, discussed how to educate those who practically implement energy efficiency and energy saving solutions in construction, in the residential sector, in agriculture, in industry, in offices and at home.

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.

On the eve of another round of climate negotiations in Bonn, which should pave the way for the adoption of a new climate agreement at the end of the year in Cancun (Mexico), Russia expresses the need to integrate the Russian forests in the new agreement as a factor of reducing the global emissions of greenhouse gases.

President Medvedev signed a Decree which obliges Heads of Russia's municipalities and regions to report annually on concrete measures and results of energy efficiency improvement » http://www.rg.ru/2010/05/ 18/energosber-dok.html>.. With its vast energy efficiency potential, Russia can comply with both its commitment on greenhouse gas emission cut and national economic interests.Russia can save up to 45% of its energy - these are the conclusions of the report prepared by the World Bank Group "Energy Efficiency in Russia: the hidden reserve».

During his visit to Norway and Denmark in the end of April 2010, President Medvedev said about interest to apply in Russia Nordic experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. "Energy efficiency, unfortunately, is not the best side of Russian economy today " he said at the press conference. Russian president signed with his Danish counterpart the agreements on implementation of projects related to climate change, and projects on energy efficiency

Volcanic eruption in Iceland may have short-term impact on the climate. Volcanic ashes in the atmosphere prevent penetration of sunlight to the ground and thus contribute to cooling. Critics of the global warming theory have decided that they obtained another argument against the evidence of global warming. But the consequences of volcanic activity disappear within a few years, while global warming caused by deeper and more permanent effects, including emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities, continues. And the need for effective climate policies and the development of low-carbon energy remains.

In the St.Petersburg & Leningrad region a media tour “Climate and Green Energy” was held 8 of April. Climate Secretariat of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union shows successful cases of energy efficiency and alternative energy.

Sergei Mironov, speaker of the Federation Council, the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, lectured at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His speech clearly contradicts both international scientific consensus and the Russian policy on this issue, as far as Assessment report of Russian Federal Hydro meteorological Service on climate change and its consequences for Russia territory. Sergey Mironov is not the first time oppose the Russian national climate policies. In October 2009 in the program "Late conversation" on TV he spoke of the futility of Joint Implementation projects.

The European Climate Exchange (ECX) decided to exclude the carbon credits generated from large hydro projects from trading. ECX’s verdict comes as a blow for large hydro investors. Russian Socio-Ecological Union welcomes the exclusion. Russia's NGOs are opposed to plans for construction of large hydroelectric power station plains because they cause significant environmental and social problems and risks.

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