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  • 22 Jan 2018- 09:29 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia Russian State News Agency TASS reported last week that the water level in Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater body, has dropped six centimeters below the critical mark and that the outlook is negative. Head of Russia’s Federal
  • 21 Jan 2018- 11:26 by Local Press Report MOSCOW Sputnik International Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) said in a recent statement that an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Ukraine's southern Mykolaiv Region continues
  • 2 Nov 2017- 11:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia Around 130 dead seals have washed up on the shores of Russia’s Lake Baikal this week, prompting an investigation by Siberian authorities. Scientists have identified exhaustion caused by hunger as the primary cause of the mass deaths,
  • 18 Aug 2016- 08:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia Climate change is causing a melt of the Siberian permafrost, which may reintroduce smallpox and anthrax through exposure of century-old human and animal corpses. According to 2014’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC)
  • 3 Aug 2016- 10:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia A foul-smelling stain that appeared on the surface of Russia’s Lake Baikal last week was caused by natural factors, according to Russian Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy. "It did not look like an oil slick.
  • 22 Mar 2016- 10:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia The Russian government has allocated $18.9 million USD worth of subsidies to support measures to protect Lake Baikal. The funds are coming from the 2016 federal budget for the Republic of Buryatia, the Transbaikal Territory and the
  • 14 May 2015- 10:41 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia Russian Deputy Prime Minister Andreij Chibis has held up the Nizhny Novgorod vodokanal (water company) as a model for other utilities in the country. “The upgrade of the water supply and sanitation networks carried out the Nizhny Novgorod
  • 17 Feb 2015- 10:31 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia Russia’s State Duma (the lower house of the Russian Parliament) plans to issue a formal statement on the "ecocide" in Crimea caused by Ukraine's decision to halt water supply via the North Crimean Canal. “The actions aimed
  • 8 May 2014- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent ARKHANGELSK, Russia A psychiatric hospital in Russia's remote northern Arkhangelsk region was found to have been dumping untreated wastewater into the adjacent Yuras River for several years. The Yuras is a tributary of the Dvina, the main drining
  • 21 Jan 2014- 10:10 by Local Press Report MOSCOW Al Jazeera America Last December, as the world celebrated Russia’s widely publicized release of dissident tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, two members of the punk band Pussy Riot and 29 Greenpeace activists, a court in the southern region of Krasnodar--
  • 1 Oct 2013- 10:10 by OOSKAnews Correspondent IRKUTSK, Russia The annual environmental survey conducted by the local government of the Irkutsk Oblast of Russia found small but distinct improvements in both the environmental conditions and the quality of drinking water provided by the local water
  • 26 Jul 2013- 10:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia International environmental watchdog Greenpeace’s Russian division found unsafe levels of industrial pollutants, including sulfur, oil, heavy metals and aluminium, in the Moscow River. Last month, the group took samples from 10 discharge
  • 11 Jun 2013- 09:30 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MOSCOW, Russia Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport used the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5 to announce new measures to reduce its effect on the local environment, including reducing oil and jet fuel products entering surface water bodies. The
  • A new report from Volga Express, a regional conservation group, has drawn attention to the fate of the Volga River basin in central Russia.
  • Scientists in Ukraine and Russia have announced completion of a new process for safely disposing of the dry residual waste left in sewage treatment plants. The process is now entering its final testing phase prior to adoption by water utility companies across the former Soviet Union.