My first posting using the category “Change Tracker”!
My personal experience has been that every challenging situation, even a so called catastrophe, eventually brings with it gifts – we just have to be willing to see them…and here I found this article:
A global downturn is doing what activists couldn’t: closing dirty factories.
To savvy snowboarders, Baikalsk has long been the beautiful resort where visitors are so few you can feel as though you own the mountain, at least temporarily: for about 5,000 rubles ($175), you can have exclusive use of one of the six long runs for the day and never see another soul as you schuss through forests. Of course, you’ve had to tolerate a smell that seemed to be a blend of rotten cabbage and New Jersey Turnpike.
For in addition to the resort, this town on Siberia’s Lake Baikal—the oldest, largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world—is home to the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill, which has been belching foul-smelling sulfates into the air and chlorides, phenols and other chemicals into the lake since it was built during the Cold War. The pollution killed plants, crabs and fish and threatened the world’s only freshwater seal, the earless nerpa.
Environmentalists have been trying to shut down the mill since 1964, getting precisely nowhere. But where greens failed, the global recession succeeded all too well. In November, the plant ceased production. “The economic crisis,” says Marina Rikhvanova, the head of the environmental group Baikal Wave, worked “like magic.”
Read the rest of the story on http://www.newsweek.com/id/188200
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