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2010-01-20 07:56:49

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has issued a decree to reopen the controversial Baikal pulp and paper mill, which has worried environmentalists for 25 years. Putin's decree, signed on January 13 but made public on Monday, reverses an earlier ban on the production of cellulose paper and storage of waste around Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake. Greenpeace said it was deeply concerned by the plans and that it would ask Medvedev to overturn Putin's decision. Roman...

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2009-05-03 08:22:11

Endemic diatoms at the base of the lake's food chain depend on disappearing ice Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically diverse lake, faces the prospect of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint US-Russian team in the May issue of BioScience. The lake is considered a treasure trove for biologists and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because a high proportion of its rich fauna and flora are found...

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2008-12-03 00:15:00

A gold deposit estimated at more than 100 tons has been found in Siberia, the Russian National Geological Prospecting Co. announced Tuesday. The gold field is in the Republic of Buryatia in East Siberia, RIA Novosti reported. It was found in the Perevalny Block, owned by Geomin Management, the Russian news agency said. Geomin plans to invest $18 million at the site for additional exploration in 2009, officials said. Russia is a significant producer of gold, but in recent years known reserves...

2008-09-16 09:00:44

IRKUTSK. Sept 10 (Interfax) - The Irkutsk Oil Company may increase oil supplies to the East Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline planned as of 2012 to 2.5 million tonnes a year, which is twice as much as previously agreed, company CEO Marina Sedykh told Interfax in the wings of the 5th Baikal Economic Forum. The increase is facilitated by the boost in oil reserves at the company's fields, she said. For instance, this year it has added 31 million tonnes of oil of C1+C2 categories to its...

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2008-09-09 15:10:00

Ecologists say the stark beauty of the world's deepest and oldest lake is under threat because it lies downstream from a rich source of zinc. Debate has ensued over the resource-rich nation, pitting industrialists and job-hungry officials in Siberia against ecologists and government agencies in Moscow. The Kholodninskoye deposit, which sits in a watershed flowing straight into Baikal, is the planet's third largest lead and zinc field, experts say. Zinc is used in the production of galvanized...

2008-08-12 03:00:39

BOLSHIYE KOTY, Russia - The world's oldest, deepest and biggest freshwater lake is growing warmer, dirtier and more crowded. Lyubov Izmestieva is charting these insidious changes. Marina Rikhvanova is fighting them. And the fate of one of the world's rarest ecosystems, a turquoise jewel set in the vast Siberian taiga, hangs in the balance. With more fresh water than the Great Lakes combined, and as home to 1,500 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, Baikal...

2008-07-30 03:00:29

Two Russian mini-submarines explored the depths of Siberia's Lake Baikal -- the world's deepest lake -- this week, scientists said. Mir 1 and Mir 2 reached depths of 5,184 feet and 5,223 feet, respectively, the Guardian reported Tuesday. The Russians initially said they had gone down 5,512 feet but issued a correction later, the British newspaper said. Back in the 1990s, another research expedition had measured its descent at 5,371 feet. We have gone to the depths of Lake Baikal to find...

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2008-07-29 13:35:00

Russian explorers reached the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia "” the world's deepest lake "” but said they fell short of breaking the record for the deepest freshwater dive. The Mir-1 submarine descended 1,580m (5,184ft) and not a record 1,680m as was earlier claimed, organizers said. The mission is part of a research project led by Artur Chilingarov, a scientist and Kremlin-backed member of parliament, to research and promote conservation of the lake. Lake Baikalwas declared a...

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2008-05-01 16:10:00

Russian and American scientists have discovered that the rising temperature of the world's largest lake, located in frigid Siberia, shows that this region is responding strongly to global warming.Drawing on 60 years of long-term studies of Russia's Lake Baikal, Stephanie Hampton, an ecologist and deputy director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Marianne Moore, a biologist at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., along with...

2006-04-26 04:35:11

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a giant new oil pipeline to be routed away from Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake and home to hundreds of unique species. He said the pipeline, which will link Siberian oil fields and the Pacific Coast, must skirt the catchment area of the lake, which is highly earthquake-prone and which scientists say would be permanently damaged if oil spilled from the pipeline.


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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