UNESCO to call on Russia to protect Lake Baikal from pollution?

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Lac Baïkal, Russie: Vue d’une usine de cellulose sur les berges du lac. AFP PHOTO STRINGER

A Russian government decision to allow a pulp and paper mill to put polluting wastes into the world’s oldest and deepest lake has been placed on the agenda of the next UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting.

A coalition of concerned organizations, including WWF and Greenpeace, presented a petition signed by 125 000 people from 52 countries to UNESCO today and were assured that the issue is due to be raised with Russian delegates to the meeting in late July.

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