Greenpeace Russia to concentrate on Kyoto

greenpeace-russia.jpgGreenpeace Russia will focus on climate change in 2008, program coordinator Ivan Blokov told Interfax on Thursday.

“This year will be crucial for the Kyoto Protocol. We will focus on the further promotion of this agreement in Russia,” he said.

The Kyoto Protocol, which implies the joint reduction of harmful atmospheric discharges, has been signed by the majority of states, Blokov said. “This protocol provides for smaller discharges of greenhouse gases, so that the world could prevent catastrophic climate change within the next decade or two,” he said.

“The validity of the Kyoto Protocol will expire in 2012; and there will be no compulsory limits starting from 2013. Negotiations on a new document, which will considerably reduce the discharge of greenhouse gases, is underway,” he said.

“Russia is vital for that process, as it ranks the world’s third by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The position of the Russian government is not the optimum one, but the entire world should act in unison,” Blokov said.

“The beginning of 2008 is the deadline for possible change of the location of prospective Olympic facilities in Sochi,” he said.

“A bobsleigh track, an Olympic village and a biathlon compound on Grushevy Ridge in Sochi will seriously damage the unique Caucasian nature and impede migration of many animals,” he said.

“If they do not change their mind but continue to build Olympic facilities within the limits of the nature reserve in 2008, we will sue the International Olympic Committee (IOC),” he said.

“Greenpeace hopes that all the environmental problems will be resolved. If not, the court will hear the case and it is quite possible that Russia may lose the right to host the Olympic Games in 2014,” Blokov said.

MOSCOW. Jan 3 (Interfax) –.

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