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Russia’s emissions target disappoints environmentalists

June 23, 2009 / No Comments

The emissions target scheme announced by Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev recently aims at slashing emissions by 10%-15% from Russia’s emissions in 1990 when the country was a part of the Soviet Union. At that time, Russia’s greenhouse-gas emissions were far higher than they are at present. Environmentalists, who are not happy Russia’s target for emissions reduction, argue that the target fell ...

Astronauts Notice Mysterious Ice Circles in Lake Baikal in Russia

June 2, 2009 / No Comments

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have spotted what has been described as “two mysterious dark circles” in the ice of Lake Baikal in Russia. Some aspects of “odd blemishes” that the astronauts noticed in April 2009 defy explanation and hence mysterious. [caption id="attachment_5411" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mysterious Circles in Lake Baikal in Russia (world"][/caption] According to scientists, the two circles ...

Unexplored Oil and Gas Resources in the Arctic, Mostly Russian

May 29, 2009 / No Comments

They say the balance of power shifts with the control over natural gases and oil reserves. It might be the right notion with Russia, US, Canada and Denmark staking their claim over the region that falls north of the Arctic Circle. These countries would get back to staking their claims as scientists from the USGS in collaboration with international researchers have ...

Russia, Japan Likely to Sign Pact on ‘Non-military Use of Nuclear Power’

May 14, 2009 / No Comments

[caption id="attachment_5034" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Russian nuclear suit"][/caption] Russia says it is likely to sign a pact with Japan on nuclear power plant. Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, told the Japanese media in Moscow that he expected to sign the agreement during his visit to Japan this week. The Russia-Japan deal on nuclear power plant would be one of the many agreements that ...

Russia wants Japan’s help to export natural gas from Sakhalin I

April 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

Russia has a lot of nerve to say the least. The Russian government wants financial and technological assistance from Japan to build a pipeline and LNG export terminal for the Sakhalin I oil and natural gas development project. If I remember correctly, Japanese companies Mistui and Mitsubishi helped build Sakhalin I hoping to cash in only to have Moscow change the laws ...