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Although 52 percent of Russians believe that global warming is a problem, there remains skepticism about government initiatives to fight climate change. According to two-thirds of respondents (68 percent), the European Union’s new ‘environmental’ tax on Russian enterprises is a pure money grab, based on a desire to make money for the maintenance of EU infrastructure. Only 19 percent said it was to take care of the planet.
With Russia’s vast expanse of land, it is one of the countries most affected by climate change. Earlier this year, a Siberian town broke the record for the highest temperature ever recorded within the Arctic Circle, hitting 38 degrees Celsius. The country has also seen vast swathes of forest in flames.
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