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    KomissarBojanchev
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    Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:39 pm

    I've read numerous articles  and videos about how the russian industry is one  of the most enviromentaly unfreindly ever built and in siberia a town(cant remember its name) that has a huge amount of birthdefects  present in its are population due to the nearby plant releasing very toxic nonfiltered chemical smoke(or something of that sort) and the nearby  enviroment  is suffering a lot from it. There could be numerous factories of the soviet producing lots of tozic discharge. Are there currently any industrial centers in russia using renewable enrgy or having more enviroment safety considerations?

    If not in my opinion renewable forms of energy(especially electricity) would greatly easen the strain on russia's natural resources and and would be cheaper for the long term. Of course I'm sure 99% of  major russian politicians dont give a flying ***k if in the near future the taiga will become a toxic wasteland or if the oil or  natural gas runs out. I doubt the stupid oligarchs would allow a renewable energy initiative if someone actually proposes it.

    For the sake of fairness none of the US oil corporations and government care too much  about it and would prefer to invade a middle eastern country to take its resources  but the europeans (especially the skandinavians) are now  spending a lot on clean energy.

    So do you think  russia has enviromental problems to solve and should start ivesting in renewable enrgy or do you think the problem is nonexistant and the government shouldnt be wasting its precious money on this and continue to  fund military and oil production.

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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  GarryB on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:24 am

    Such reports and documentaries the west picks up and broadcasts, but western documentaries talking about problems in the west are sat on.
    I am sure there are plenty of environmental problems in lots of places in Russia.

    I also agree that developing cleaner and greener energy sources is key.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  flamming_python on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:23 pm

    The problems can be pretty severe but fortunately only in several specific places.

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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:08 am

    The problems can be pretty severe but fortunately only in several specific places.

    And the same could be said for any country on Earth.

    The huge irony is that if you mention environmental wasteland and Russia... most westerners will automatically say Chernobyl... and anyone who knows even the slightest bit about Chernobyl knows it is in the Ukraine.

    And of course the Aral sea that dried up because Kruschev went to the US and saw what irrigation did for the US and decided to do the same in the Soviet Union, of course that is not in Russia either, but some work in building dams has allowed some of the enormous lakes to be restored with hope for the rest.

    So yes, there is pollution in Russia, and yes they need to develop new technologies to deal with it and new forms of electricity generation to prevent more pollution.

    Ironically however one of the most promising technologies is nuclear power generation that does not put carbon into the atmosphere and is now a mature and relatively safe technology.

    Perfectly safe? No.

    But then even hydro electric dams can eliminate large areas of potential farmland, and there is always the threat of damage via earth quakes and deaths by flooding.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:07 am

    Siberian tiger cub slain in Russia's Far East

    Siberian tigers are on the Red List of endangered species and are legally protected under Russian law, slaying is punishable by seven years in jail and a $31,000 fine

    KHABAROVSK, August 14. /TASS/. A Siberian tiger cub from a species threatened by extinction was found shot dead in the Khabarovsk region of Russia’s Far East, local officials said on Friday.

    Cycling tourists found the cub, less than 8 months old, on July 29, filmed the body on their cell phones and alerted police. Officers were unable to find the body but video material was enough to open a criminal case.

    Siberian tigers are on the Red List of endangered species and are legally protected under Russian law. Slaying is punishable by seven years in jail and a $31,000 fine.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:22 pm

    Lake Baikal’s water level may drop to new record low in spring

    Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, contains 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves

    ULAN UDE, September 15. /TASS/. The water level at Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater source, having dropped to critical marks in April, may fall by another 28 centimetres next spring, the head of the Baikal Institute told TASS on Tuesday.

    "This year, the lake’s water level fell to 455.86 metres in April. In the spring of 2016 it may drop by 28 centimetres to 455.58 metres," Yendon Garmayev said.

    Decline of the south Siberian lake’s level began last autumn and reached its critical mark in spring for the first time in decades. Scientists explain the phenomenon by low water inflow from the Selenga, Upper Angara, Barguzin and other rivers draining directly into the world’s deepest lake.

    Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, contains 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:30 am

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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:28 am

    Far East national park for Amur tigers by end of 2015



    A national programme to protect the tigers was adopted in Russia in 2010 after the country hosted a "tiger summit" - an international forum devoted to preserving tigers as a biological species

    VLADIVOSTOK, October 5. /TASS/. A million-hectare Far East national park for endangered-species Amur tigers will be completed by the year-end, Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoi said on Monday.

    "Bikin national park will open over an area of 1.1 million hectares covering the Amur tigers' main habitat," Donskoi said. It will be located along the Bikin river, close to the Chinese border.

    A national programme to protect the tigers was adopted in Russia in 2010 after the country hosted a "tiger summit" - an international forum devoted to preserving tigers as a biological species.

    President Vladimir Putin signed tougher punishments into law in 2013 for killing and trafficking rare and exotic feline species, including Amur tigers. The Russian Geographical Society set up its Far East Amur Tiger Centre on the head of state's initiative.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:27 pm

    Scientists link Lake Baikal shrinking with climate changes in Asia



    The situation has worsened this year amid woodland fires covering big areas in Buryatia


    VLADIVOSTOK, October 14. /TASS/. The shrinking of Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater reserve in the world, is connected with climate changes in the Asian region, characterized by less rainfall and higher air temperatures, suggest scientists from the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    "A sizable decline in the past few years in the sums of atmospheric precipitation in the Baikal region, Mongolia and Buryatia along with anthropogenic factors have led to a drastic decline in discharge from the Selenga River into Lake Baikal, which triggers the shrinking of this unique lake," a scientific conference in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok heard. This river provides the lake with up to 50% of water inlet.

    The situation has worsened this year amid woodland fires covering big areas in Buryatia. The spread of fire raised the already abnormally high temperatures in the region, causing more evaporation. Economic activity in Mongolia also affects the water level of Lake Baikal.

    Lake Baikal in south-east Siberia, the deepest lake in the world (1,700 m), contains 20% of all fresh running water on the planet. Located on an area comparable with that of the Netherlands, it is the biggest reservoir of fresh-water on the Earth. Water level in Baikal is regulated by the Irkutsk hydropower plant on the River Angara outflowing from Lake Baikal.

    Experts say the lake’s shallowing may carry such threats as losses in productive efficiency of the hydropower plant, the lake’s ecosystem imbalance and threats to fish spawning areas, subsoil water level lowering in coastal areas fraught with peat bog fires.

    Since 1962, Baikal’s water level dropped below the critical mark more than ten times. Thus, in 1982, water level sank to 455.27 meters. But the subject of Baikal’s possible shallowing was seriously raised only in 2001. A World Lakes Conference in Japan’s Otsu put Lake Baikal, along with Lake Okeechobee in the United States (with a depth of three meters), Lake Balaton in Hungary (with a depth of 12 meters) and the Aral Sea located at the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (up to 50 meters deep), on the list of the world’s largest fresh-water lakes facing the biggest threat of deterioration.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:01 pm

    Marine water conservation zones within limits of Russian islands may be reduced ten times

    The Russian Water Code currently bans exploration and production of widespread mineral resources within limits of water conservation zones, whose width is 500 meters

    MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources suggests reducing limits of marine water conservation zones on Russian islands tenfold to 50 meters for the purpose of facilitating development of construction materials deposits on such territories. Amendments to the Water Code have already been sent to the Justice Ministry for preparation of a conclusion, the ministry said on Tuesday.

    The Russian Water Code currently bans exploration and production of widespread mineral resources within limits of water conservation zones, whose width is 500 meters. Implementation of this norm of law results in impossibility of developing deposits already explored and booked at the state balance, the Ministry of Natural Resources said. The ban adversely affects the economy of the Sakhalin Region, particularly the construction sector using inert construction materials.

    90% of sand deposits on the Sakhalin Island and 100% sand deposits on the Kuril Islands and up to 50% of construction stone deposits are located within limits of water conservation zones of seas. The majority of them are located in desolate locations and no alternatives for such deposits were found on the Sakhalin Island, the ministry said.

    Impossibility to mine widespread mineral resources in water conservation zones of seas will later entail the need to deliver them from the mainland Russia or abroad, entailing cost escalation and longer timeframe of construction work, the Ministry of Natural Resources said.


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:42 am

    Russian government allocates $18.9 mln to protect Lake Baikal

    More:
    http://tass.ru/en/economy/864116


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:47 pm


    Caught on camera - entire family of snow leopards

    Male, female and two cubs spotted in Ak Cholushpa Nature Park in Altai Republic.

    http://siberiantimes.com/ecology/casestudy/news/n0671-caught-on-camera-entire-family-of-snow-leopards/


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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  higurashihougi on Wed May 25, 2016 12:26 pm

    Russian Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment claimed that Baikal Lake is dying, due to Mongolia's hydroelectric dam in Selenga River. Selenga River supply 80% of water into Baikal.

    http://izvestia.ru/news/615071

    I wonder will there be a joint meeting between two countries about alternative energy solution - some sort of nuclear power plant in Mongolia ? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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    Re: Environment and Nature of Russia

    Post  Rmf on Wed May 25, 2016 10:20 pm

    no its scaremongering.
    it says baikal level could be lowered because artificial lakes take time to fill up, mongolia needs this medium sized hydro plants because its burning coal for electricity, and importing from russia, and has no hydrogeneration at all which is apsurd for a mountain country.
    in general it has been less rains in that area last few years ,  but no dams have been built so far anyway so the connection is missing...

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