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Kremlin watchers were surprised in December 2013 by the announcement of immediate pardons for several leading regime opponents who had been imprisoned or held under house arrest for political reasons. But Russia has more subtle ways of keeping potential activists under control than simply jailing them. It uses threats and intimidation – and what is known in Moscow ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Durban diary - snippets from the United Nations climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. More money is going to combat emissions from deforestation but is is tackling the right problem?
INDONESIA received a US$1 billion to help reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
The money fr...
Barun S. Mitra
Has the Russian government learned any lessons from its handling of wildfires during record temperatures last year which caused human suffering, death and destruction? asks GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund who looks at the country's track record in handling disasters.
MASSIVE forest fires broke out in Russia following ...
Tension exists between industrialised countries and emerging nations over CO2 emission targets. But without a new agreement beyond 2012, stabilising greenhouse gas emissions remains an impossible dream as GIS expert, Dr Friedemann Mueller explains.
EVERY year a group of more than 10,000 people meet for two weeks at some e...
Dr. Friedemann Mueller