New Warnings of Shocking Pollution Threatening Lake Baikal

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Almost no facilities in Listvyanka to sufficiently cleanse the sewage. (Photo Credit: Yana Rudavina)

Article courtesy of Olga Gertcyk | Feb 08, 2016 | The Siberian Times | Shared as educational material

The latest warning on pollution at Baikal – this year marking its 20th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – comes from the Limnological Institute of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Researchers have identified domestic sewage from hotels and camping sites on the lake’s shoreline. They said there were almost no facilities in Listvyanka to sufficiently cleanse the sewage. All samples showed chemical and microbiological contamination, including fecal. The experts say that a downward trend registered in the lake’s ecosystem since 2011 has now reached the proportions of an ‘environmental crisis’ at 25 million-year-old Lake Baikal. Read more about it here: http://siberiantimes.com/ecology/casestudy/features/f0209-new-warnings-of-shocking-pollution-threatening-lake-baikal/.

 

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