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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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'