More than 50% of Russians asked about global warming say they haven’t heard much about it, according to a BBC World Service poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries.
The Russian media focus on what seem to be more pressing problems.
There are burning social issues, there’s uncertainty about the security, there’s a falling-out with the West, and, crucially, it is a very cold country.
A meteorologist in
We spoke as we stood on ice in the middle of the frozen
This meteorologist is by no means the only person in
As the climate warms, more of
"We are not panicking. Global warming is not as catastrophic for us as it might be for some other countries," Rinat Gizatullin, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Ministry, says.
"If anything, we’ll be even better off: as the climate warms, more of
Alexey Kokorin of WWF in
The real problem, Mr Kokorin says, is not that people don’t know what’s going on, it is that they have some of the "weirdest ideas about what causes global warming, and they don’t feel the need to change things".
The government says it is trying to educate people.
But, so far, most of the steps that have been taken have been aimed at businesses, not at ordinary Russians.
But at least it will give the issue more prominence.
The survey was conducted for the BBC World Service by the international polling firm GlobeScan together with the Program on International Policy Attitudes (Pipa) at the
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