While much attention has been spent on the greenhouse emissions of the U.S. and China, little has been said about Russia. But that may soon change. This, according to Planet Ark, which reports that the world’s number three greenhouse gas emitter may soon take center stage because of its reluctance to sign onto any new global warming treaty which might harm its economy. Indeed, Alexander Pankin, Russia’s chief climate negotiator, recently said “if the conditions for the international agreement are not favorable, Russia may not join such an agreement.” With the prospects for a new treaty even more stringent than Kyoto, which Russia also initially balked at, time will tell whether Russia gives a cold shoulder to continuing climate negotiations.

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