Not only is Russia reluctant to implement the policy, but it also threatens to hamper international climate efforts. In mid-2020, the EU announced that it would study the introduction of a carbon limit tax that would penalise trading partners who are lag behind on climate policy. Russia responded that it was „extremely concerned“ about the proposed measure and believed it was contrary to WTO rules, indicating a likely future challenge for the World Trade Organization. Today, more than half of the world`s emissions come from developing and emerging countries. „We are not doing enough to tackle the problem globally,“ Huq said. „And so we all need to do more together.“ In the absence of a green recovery from COVID-19, Russia has instead chosen to focus on tax cuts, credit holidays, direct subsidies to businesses, and income support for citizens. Today, it is a reality. From the Great Barrier Reef to retreating glaciers: In response to the effects of climate change, more and more people are choosing to visit World Heritage sites and other fragile parts of the world for as long as they can. While „last chance“ tourism can help raise awareness of environmental issues, air emissions and pressure on local resources often exacerbate the situation. Even if Russia accepts its proposed updated 2030 target of achieving a 33% cut from its 1990 level, it means it will likely achieve it without additional climate policy.
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