Aleksandr Bedritsky, Head, Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, President, World Meteorological Organisation

Aleksandr Bedritsky
Head, Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology
1947 - born in Tashkent region
1966 - graduates, Tashkent Technical College for Communication
1969 - Senior Engineer, shift supervisor and deputy director, Middle Asian computing centre, Uzbekistan office of the Hydrometeorological service, main administration for hydrometeorological service, USSR council of ministers, Tashkent
1975 - graduates, Electrotechnical Institute of communication, Tashkent
1977 - Chief Engineer, Middle Asia Regional Research Hydrometeorological Institute, USSR state committee on hydrometeorology and environmental control, Tashkent
1980 - deputy head, Uzbekistan office for hydrometeorology of Goskomhydromet, Tashkent
1992 - first deputy Chairman, Committee for hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Russia, Moscow
1993 - permanent representative of the Russian Federation, world meteorological organization
1993 - Head, Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring
2000 - receives PhD in geographical sciences, Kazan University
2003 - President, World Meteorological Organization
Today we will talk about global warming. Climate change issue is likely to dominate at this year G-8 summit in Heiligendamm. Germany, which is hosting the summit, wants to set a global target to cut greenhouse emissions in 2050 by 50 per cent from the 1990's level. US President George W. Bush has announced a different approach. Why is the climate change in the centre of attention of the world leaders today and why is it so hard for them to find a common, globally acceptable approach? What is Russia's position on the issue? To answer these questions, our guest today is Aleksandr Bedritsky.