Climate Actions

On 22nd of November presentation of the final anti-awards on the results of the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC COP-19 took place in Warsaw. This year’s Fossil of the Year goes to Australia. The new Australian Government has won its first major international award – the Colossal Fossil. The delegation came here with legislation in its back pocket to repeal the carbon price, failed to take independent advice to increase its carbon pollution reduction target and has been blocking progress in the loss and damage negotiations.

Local observers at the climate negotiations in Warsaw, representing organizations and movements from all over the Earth, voluntarily resigned from the climate talks in Warsaw. This is done to show their disapproval with respect to countries that their inaction and lack of constructive position postpone or even make it impossible for the production of a comprehensive agreement. This is the first case of mass exodus of civil society from the climate negotiations in the history of the COP Climate negotiations.

International organizations ActionAid, Care International and WWF presented the joint report dedicated to compensation of climatic damage and loss at the UN climate conference in Warsaw. Some parties to the negotiations do not support the need for a separate international mechanism for compensation of damages - including the U.S. and Russia.

Russian Federation together with Wetlands International present outcomes of the studies of terrestrial ecosystems with high carbon content - steppe, peatlands and tundra. Special consideration is given to ongoing greenhouse gas emission assessment and mitigation projects for wetlands and tundra.

The breakthrough at the global carbon market for flight charges is delayed. The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Assembly postponed introduction of the carbon market in this sphere for an indefinite period of time because of opposition from Russia and a number of other countries. Despite the temporary "freezing" the process, Europe does not abandon its plans – the greenhouse gas emissions charges for flights over the European Union are introduces from 1 January 2014.

“The procedural issue which had undermined last June efforts of one of the working groups at the climate negotiations in Bonn, has been once again included in the agenda of a higher level negotiations: the UN Conference in Warsaw. Observers of the climate negotiations hope that Russia and Belarus’s proposal will not create obstacles for the negotiations as was the case in the previous session.

Moscow State Interest of International Relations (MGIMO) and the World Wildlife Fund published a paper with the results of their studies dedicated to the impact of the climate policies on the trade. Due to underestimation of the “green factor,” export plans of the Russian regions became quite vulnerable, Russian experts believe.

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