Archive for October, 2019


 The Russian government has drastically watered-down its new package of climate change legislation after push-back from the country’s leading businesses, the Kommersant reported. “The idea of putting a price on carbon dioxide in Russia has fallen victim to the industrial lobby,” according to the analysts at VTB Capital.
 “The model on which the Russian economy has been based for the past 20 years is dying. Everybody needs to find a way to move money into low-carbon areas of the economy. Under the leadership of Rosneft and Gazprom, this cannot be done,” said Mikhail Yulkin, Director of the Center for Environmental Investment.
 Russia ratified the Paris Climate Agreement (2015 ) on September 23rd, committing itself to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 70% of the1990 level. It is the world’s fourth-largest polluter.
 Russia emitted 1,734 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2005. However, the Kremlin has set 1990 as its benchmark, when Russia emitted 2,397 million tonnes – a figure 38% higher than the Paris recommendations and significantly more than what Russia is emitting today.  A 30% reduction from the 1990 level would allow Russia to produce 1,678 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year — only 5% less than the 1,765 million tonnes produced in 2017. 

 Poland’s ruling conservatives secured a second term in power. The victory by the Law and Justice (PiS) party followed a campaign focused on a raft of new welfare measures coupled with attacks on Western values.

 Terming the victory a “huge success,” PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said his party had “obtained a mandate to continue our good change … to continue to change Poland.”

Since it took office in 2015, the PiS has in many ways upended Polish politics by limiting liberal democracy through a string of controversial court reforms that have stoked tension with the EU, as well as through its monopolization of public media, among other measures.

  The PiS scored 43.59 percent of the popular vote, for 235 seats. Up to now it controlled 239 of the 460 seats in the lower house of parliament.

  The opposition Civic Coalition (KO) scored 27.40 percent support for 134 seats. It draws support mainly from urban voters upset by the PiS’s divisive politics, controversial judicial reforms and graft scandals.

The PiS lost control of the Senate, or upper house, taking 48 of the 100 seats, something analysts said would provide a check on the party’s legislative drives.  Turnout tallied at 61.74 percent, the highest since Poland shed communism in 1989.

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