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Russia has been scrambling to return to the same wealth and power from selling fossil fuels to other nations. With this, the Kremlin has acknowledged the problem of climate change that needs to be addressed in the country.
The country has promised to put up sixteen wind turbines amid Sakhalin Island. Reportedly, it would be the biggest wind park currently on the country’s far east, chosen because of its winding coast and wooded hills in the Pacific.
Dmitri N. Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s special envoy of technological development, said the most important thing in the country is they are coming together around Climate Change. “In the last half-year, it has become clear that Russia is at the center of changes to the climate.”
President Putin says the country would decrease or even eliminate the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2060. It was surprising to hear the President come out and make this plan, especially since he has laid off climate science. Nonetheless, the people of Russia see the international efforts to stop global warming.
Government officials and Russian energy experts already know the move to eco-friendly is most likely driven by economics. Being one of the four nations with a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union plans to put tariffs on heavily polluting countries, threatening exports from Russia. People have been skeptical about some of the nation’s plans, primarily since part of its climate plan relies on its forests to absorb carbon dioxide.
Putin’s announcement will come in two weeks before world leaders meet in Glasgow for a pivotal United Nations Climate Summit.
Written by Daylontie Jasper
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
The New York Times: On a Pacific Island, Russia Tests Its Battle Plan on Climate Change; by Anton Troianovski
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