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Webinar on carbon budgets of cities and communities in the Sakha Yakutia Republic

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A regular Arctic.ru webinar dealt with an international project to assess the carbon budgets of cities and communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Professor Tuiara Gavrilyeva, DSc (Economics) and a researcher at the Institute of Engineering and Technology of Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk, discusses regional greenhouse gas emissions, factors affecting emission volumes and possible implications of carbon dioxide emissions for northern Russia.

Tuyara Gavrilyeva gave a presentation during the webinar and fielded questions from the audience:

You said at the beginning of the presentation that Japanese experts perceive carbon as a currency, and that this makes it easier to conduct dialogue between people specializing in the humanities and natural sciences. Have you managed to successfully implement this dialogue during the project?

We have established very good and warm relations with ecologists. Certainly, when we talk about general definitions and indicators, when ecologists supply us with data on absorption volumes, and when we provide them with emission data, when we compile carbon budgets, this process becomes very interesting, and we speak the same language. As I see it, the inter-disciplinary approach is very interesting and promising. Some time ago, Atsuko Sugimoto and I discussed the population's distribution, as well as its concentration and de-concentration. I said this model resembled a bell. To this, she replied that her colleagues used similar bell-shaped models in bio-geo-chemistry. Inter-disciplinary social studies are essential, and I believe that there is a future in this.

China has a well-developed coal industry and posts very substantial carbon emission levels. Do you have any plans for cooperating with your Chinese colleagues?

Of course, we are open to cooperation, but I have not yet raised the issue of obtaining grant funding and establishing contacts with China. Of course, China is a global factory that has achieved rapid economic growth by neglecting environmental protection issues. Currently, the Kyoto environmental agreement will also probably open up cooperation prospects there. However, Asia's rapid industrial development will allow Russia to sell its carbon quotas in the future. This is an interesting subject for research.

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