The number of countries in the global coalition for methane and soot rose to 25

Chile, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, the Maldives, the Netherlands and South Korea joined the global union Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce emissions of soot and methane, the number of participating countries is thus increased to 25, said the secretariat of the coalition.

Of the "big eight", including Russia, in May, decided to join the global effort to reduce emissions, "short-lived" climate change factors, primarily methane and soot.

Initiative to reduce the "short-lived" emission SLCF (Short-lived Climate Factors) in February 2012, put forward the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Ghana, Mexico, and Bangladesh, in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). According to UNEP, reducing black carbon and methane emissions in 2030 could halve the projected increase in global temperature and will annually save the premature death of up to 2.4 million people and save up to 30 million tons of agricultural products.

In addition to the 25 countries and the European Commission, the coalition also entered 23 organizations, including, for example, the World Bank, UNEP and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

As previously reported, the coalition is in talks to join with Russia, which currently remains the only country in the "Big Eight", is not formally join the union.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told RIA Novosti that the Secretariat received from the Russian Federation, almost all the necessary documents.

"We are now in the final stages of discussion of obligations that will Russia, joining the coalition. In my estimation, this is a matter of days or weeks, I hope my Russian colleagues share this assessment," — said Steiner.

Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent said that the coalition was "certainly open to new members," and called on all countries with a significant share of "short" of emissions, as well as the most vulnerable to climate change the country to join the initiative.

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