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The head of the Russian-German Environmental Information Office Angelina Davydova reports on the trends of the World Economic Forum in Davos: Prior to the forum, the World Economic Forum analysts published the results of the annual survey on the assessment of global risks. Around 1,000 experts and executives participated in the survey. Of all threats, they consider the environmental risks associated with climate change (extreme weather and natural disasters) most likely. These risks are ranked 2nd and 3rd in the top 10 potential threats. In 2017, extreme weather conditions cost about $ 330 billion. As the World Resources Institute notes, financiers are paying more attention than ever to "physical" risks: Environmental threats can lead to lost production and supply chain outages and energy supply defaults. In Davos there were presented PwC and WEF studies on the possibilities of using artificial intelligence to solve environmental problems. They focus on "intelligent" systems for transporting and storing food, optimizing energy consumption.
Citizens' massive protests against the introduction of big waste incineration plants in Russia. Russians want to collect separately and recycle effectively, while large state corporations lobby combustion of solid domestic waste as the solution of the landfills problem. Over a 100 thousand signatures have been taken by the local residents of Moscow region and the city of Kazan ', the capital of Tatarstan republic, and they are being ignored by the Federal television. Details.
The Government Council for Environmental Affairs of the Russian Federation has adopted political measures to reduce pollutant emissions and improve waste management. Federation entities and companies are called upon to conduct pollution monitoring in the future. In addition, industrial companies should use the best available, environmentally sound technologies. By 2018, waste separation systems should be introduced all over Russia. Concrete regulations and programs for the mentioned measures will be elaborated. However, experts are already criticizing that the instruments in question are too ambitious and far from adequate. It would provide insufficient economic stimulation, which would be necessary for an environmentally and climate-friendly development in Russia. The biggest environmental challenges in the Russian Federation include air and water pollution, poor waste management and pressures on forests and biodiversity. Report by Angelina Davydova: http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3182722
Climate Protection Report 2016 of the Federal Republic of Germany, "Germany is likely not to fulfill its climate target for the year 2020. This is admitted by the Federal Government in its climate protection report, which was approved by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, by 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction in comparison to 1990 will be just about 37 percent to 38 percent instead of 40 percent. Nevertheless, the German government does not want to adopt any additional measures in this legislative period, the ministry said. The opposition was sharply criticized."
Report on climate change conference in Marrakech and the impact of the Paris Agreement on the global economy, Angelina Davydova (RNEI): According to Dimitri Medvedev, a climate protection plan is also planned in Russia, in which national climate change adaptation and regulation of CO2 should also be included. As a result, according to Alexej Kokorin (WWF), energy efficiency solutions and innovation potential should be effectively stimulated. Link: http://www.ng.ru/ng_energiya/2016-12-13/15_6883_marrakech.html
Sarah Reinke on the critical situation of indigenous peoples in Russia. Many active indigenous people, who are committed to social and environmental standards in commodity bait projects, are harassed and threatened. "So those who most urgently need international advocates lose their most competent representatives, and the fear of precisely this fate leaves many others silent": https://www.austausch.org/Artikel%20in%20der%20Tagespost, Press-statement of GfbV Razzia in Moskau - Schikanen gegen indigene Menschenrechtler. Sorge um Sicherheit indigener Aktivisten wächst