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Putin: Nobody knows the causes of climate change

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that “nobody knows” the causes of climate change, in comments that question whether global warming is man-made, stressing that it could be the result of global operations.

“Nobody knows the causes of climate change,” Putin told reporters at the start of his annual press conference to mark the end of the year.

“We know that in the history of Earth, there have been periods of high and low temperatures, and this could relate to operations in the universe.”

“A small angle in the Earth’s axis of rotation or orbit around the sun could push the world toward dangerous climate changes,” he added.

However, Putin acknowledged that global warming was an important issue and said, “We must do our utmost to ensure that climate change does not change dramatically.”

While Moscow is experiencing an unusually warm weather in December, Putin said that the pace of global warming in Russia is “2.5% higher than anywhere else in the world.”

“As for our country, this process is very dangerous … and we will make efforts to reduce its consequences for our country,” he added.

He stressed that the carbon emissions in Russia are much lower than those in the western countries, and that his country is fulfilling its obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement.

He said that climate change poses a particular danger to the Russian regions where buildings were constructed on permafrost and “whose melting could cause very large consequences.”

A climate station in northern Moscow recorded temperatures of 5.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, making it the warmest day in the country during the month of December a century ago.

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