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Flaring Fossil Fuels Undermining Russia’s Pledges on Climate

As countries from China to Brazil and South Korea step forward with aggressive measures to rein the pollution that causes global warming, Russia’s effort is almost literally going up in smoke.

The nation is wasting $3.6 billion a year by burning off unsellable fossil fuels at the wellhead. Constrained by international sanctions and entering its first recession in six years, Russia is unable to invest enough to stop the practice known as flaring.