Women do more to tackle climate change than men: survey

Many women report changing their behavior to reduce emissions, finds Women’s Forum barometer.

Women do more to tackle climate change than men: survey

Women have made greater changes to their personal habits to tackle climate change than men have, according to a survey released Monday by the Women’s Forum.

The barometer on gender equity, which surveyed nearly 10,000 people across the G20 countries, found that women — more often than men — have changed their behavior to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions by recycling, buying local, and reducing water and meat consumption.

Women are also more easily motivated than men to decrease their CO2 emissions, the Women’s Forum concluded — including because it will improve the planet and because of the knock-on benefits for future generations.

When it comes to other gender disparities on climate change, the report notes that the highest-ranking civil servants in ministries dealing with climate change — energy, transport and environment — are largely male in Germany (79 percent), France (71 percent), Italy (78 percent) and the U.K. (61 percent).

Researchers compiling the report received 9,500 responses to their questionnaire, comprising 500 interviews in each of the 19 countries that make up the G20.

The issue of ongoing global gender inequality struck a chord with respondents, both men and women. While 84 percent of respondents said closing the gender gap and an inclusive economic recovery should be an important priority, one in three said they do not believe that full equality will ever be achieved in their own country.

The report also documented the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health — with the impacts being particularly negative for women.

In the survey, 69 percent of women reported feeling burnout, anxiety or depression as a result of the pandemic, 11 percentage points higher than for men.

Because of the pandemic, nearly 80 percent of women say they are “afraid of the future.” Two in three mothers also experienced an increase in workload they found hard to cope with.

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Russia shuts diplomatic mission to NATO

Foreign Ministry cites recent expulsion of eight Russian diplomats and years of 'unfriendly' actions by Western alliance.

Russia shuts diplomatic mission to NATO

Russia on Monday suspended its diplomatic mission to NATO and ordered the Western military alliance to shut its liaison office in Moscow, according to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

Russia said the move was retaliation for NATO’s decision earlier this month to revoke the accreditation of eight Russian diplomats who were accused of working under diplomatic cover as intelligence officers.

Diplomatic relations between NATO and Russia have been in precipitous decline for years, particularly since the 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea. The Kremlin never sent a replacement for its most recent ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, who returned to Moscow to take up a post as deputy foreign minister in January 2018.

“Due to the absence, as a result of purposeful steps on the part of NATO, of appropriate conditions for the implementation of diplomatic activities, the work of the Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO is suspended, including the chief military representative,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

The ministry said that Russia’s ambassador to Belgium, Alexander Tokovinin, had been authorized to act as an emergency contact, and that NATO could similarly designate an ambassador from one of its allied countries to serve in a similar capacity in Moscow.

In its statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused NATO of a pattern of unfriendly actions and of artificially heightening tensions with Moscow in order to bolster the internal unity of the alliance.

“They are not interested in an equal dialogue and joint work to de-escalate military-political tensions,” the ministry said of NATO allies. “The alliance’s line towards our country is becoming more and more aggressive. The ‘Russian threat’ is inflated, including in order to strengthen the internal unity of the alliance, to create the appearance of its ‘relevance’ in modern geopolitical conditions.”

In addition to suspending the operations of the NATO liaison office in Moscow, the ministry said that the credentials of all of the office’s employees were being revoked as of November 1.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said: “We have taken note of Minister Lavrov’s comments to the media, however we have not received any official communication on the issues he raised.”

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