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

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.