Last week we reported on how fishing is effecting the population of sharks worldwide and driving certain sharks toward extinction. This week Russia highlighted the need for environmental regulations and just how destructive we are as a race to the planet, when black snow covered several towns in Siberia. The dark snowfall, which can only be described as post-apocalyptic is the result of open coal pits in the Kuzbass Basin, which is home to 2.6 million people and sits on one of the world’s largest coal reserves spanning 10,000 square miles. According to Ecodefense, Kuzbass supported 120 mining facilities and 52 enrichment plants in 2017. Whilst Ninety percent of the coal exported to Britain in 2017 originated in Kuzbass.
Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals. Ghostly pictures of dark snowscapes - which should be pristine white - as blame pointed at failure to filter fumes at coal plant https://t.co/yh15JjJN2n pic.twitter.com/NNJbyK6bvP— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) February 15, 2019
Last year, Russian authorities tried to conceal black snow in the town of Mysky with white paint. The ruse was exposed when a woman touched the snow only to find her hand covered in paint, the Moscow Times reported.
“It’s harder to find white snow than black snow during the winter,” Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense “There is a lot of coal dust in the air all the time. When snow falls, it just becomes visible. You can’t see it the rest of the year, but it is still there.”
Not only are coal plants a powerful driver of climate change, coal production can be detrimental to human health. Heavy metals and silica contained in coal dust can trigger asthma and inflammation, and have been linked to lung cancer, stroke, and heart and respiratory disease.
#Russia is a country of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. But the sheer lack of environmental regulations is a devastating effect for residents in #Kuzbass, where last night there was BLACK SNOW. pic.twitter.com/zMiEWBJbnh— Khodorkovsky Center (@mbk_center) February 14, 2019
We’re on a running countdown for climate change and it’s imperative everyone does their bit. At Sneik-ID we’re using recycled cork for all of our inner soles and also using quality materials like metal to avoid the use of plastic in our products.