Russian climate scientists upset by ministry’s call for ‘alternative’ research

Russian climate scientists upset by ministry’s call for ‘alternative’ research

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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/russian-climate-scientists-upset-ministry-s-call-alternative-research

Russia’s natural gas producers would benefit from a call by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for “alternative” climate research that would “not necessarily imply abandoning fossil fuels.”

Russia is a signatory to the Paris climate agreement, and dozens of its scientists have contributed to the consensus reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that detail the causes and consequences of global warming. This month, the lower chamber of Russia’s parliament passed the country’s first climate bill, setting a course for carbon neutrality through emissions reductions and limits on deforestation. Just last week, speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, President Vladimir Putin said Russia is concerned about climate change, and any claims that it is not are “nonsense, a myth, and sometimes outright distortion.”