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Broadcast on RT Documentary, Sept 13, 2016  (watch by clicking weblink , or click on screen below)

Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia

Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia

James Brown returns to Lake Baikal in Russia (Siberia) seven years after his last visit to investigate reports that the region’s ecology had changed for the worse. Lake Bakail is the world’s oldest and deepest lake and contains 20 per cent of the world’s surface fresh water. The lake is known for the clarity of its freshwater and is home to hundreds of unique species of plants and animals.

The beauty and rich biodiversity attracts many visitors. While tourism brings in much needed cash, it also has a flip side: tourists bring pollution, plastics and other waste. Local biologists have been monitoring the lake for 70 years and they’re increasingly concerned.

map-showing-lake-baikal-in-siberia-russiaJames joins a team of researchers to take water and sediment samples to see just how worrying the situation is. Visual examination reveals that a certain type of algae, usually found in swamps, has been spreading along the coastline signifying growing levels of pollution. Along with some worrying signs, there are a few hopeful ones too, like certain endemic animal populations starting to recover.

James visits Olkhon, an island popular with tourists, to see how ecologists and volunteers are fighting back against the pollution that visitors leave behind. From recycling to educating tourists and raising awareness of environmental issues, they’ve come up with effective strategies to preserve Baikal’s unique beauty and water quality. If they’re going to succeed though, they need everyone who visits or lives by this natural wonder to play their part.

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