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Greta won’t be impressed: Two in Five Russians think climate change is ‘far-fetched and overblown,’ new survey reveals

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The Arctic is burning: As temperatures reach 100F, over a million hectares of Siberian forest is on fire

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.

READ MORE: 100 degrees Fahrenheit! Eastern Siberian town shatters record for hottest-ever temperature inside Arctic Circle

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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