Category: Russia News Brief and Action Alert

Green Jobs Have Great Potential but are Not Yet Widespread in Russia
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Green Jobs Have Great Potential but are Not Yet Widespread in Russia

Estimating the number of “green” jobs created in Russia is difficult, in part due to the fact that such a concept as a “green” workplace is not yet widespread in Russia. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation makes no mention of “green” jobs anywhere in its open sources.  Methodological approaches...

The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples Has Received Little Attention in Russia
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The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples Has Received Little Attention in Russia

The most vulnerable part of the Russian population that can expect the greatest risk of lifestyle changes under the influence of climate change are the indigenous peoples (map of ethnic groups across Russia, in Russian). The Russian indigenous peoples’ movement represents 40 indigenous peoples.  As this map indicates the majority of Russia’s indigenous peoples’ population...

Russian Airlines Hit Hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Russian Airlines Hit Hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2019, all Russian airline companies increased passenger transportation numbers by 10% compared to 2018 – up to 128 million people. More than 47% of the passenger traffic was accounted for by the Aeroflot group, which includes the airlines Aurora, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Pobeda and Rossiya. In 2019, Aeroflot employed approximately 30,300 people; Rossiya employed...

Government is Failing to Protect Russia’s Biodiverse Forests
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Government is Failing to Protect Russia’s Biodiverse Forests

Russia is one of the countries with the largest biodiversity and many precious and fragile ecosystems. The relationship between biodiversity management in Russia and climate change was examined with the invaluable input of Dr. Ruben Mnatsakanian (Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University), Dmitry Gorshkov (Head of biodiversity program at WWF...

An Absence of Carbon Pricing in Russia
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An Absence of Carbon Pricing in Russia

Unfortunately, at the moment there is nothing remotely resembling carbon pricing in Russia. No carbon tax, no cap and trade, no planned pricing or any additional mechanisms. About a year ago there was some talk about introducing a carbon tax but it ended in total failure. The word “tax” was met with a huge protest...

President Putin Admits Climate Change is Happening and the Russian Government Unveils a Climate Adaptation Plan
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President Putin Admits Climate Change is Happening and the Russian Government Unveils a Climate Adaptation Plan

At his annual press conference on December 19, 2019 the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, admitted that climate change is indeed happening. However, the Russian President also explicitly stated that “nobody knows” what causes climate change, thus casting doubt on the overwhelming scientific consensus that what we are experiencing has direct anthropogenic causes....

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