Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five

Clockwise, from upper left: The Mir diamond mine in Siberia (credit: Wikimedia-Staselnik); Volcanic island in Cocibolca Lake (credit: Aaron Escobar); Amazon deforestation (credit: NASA); Tehran smog viewed from the Tochal mountains (credit: Milad Mosapoor).
Clockwise, from upper left: The Mir diamond mine in Siberia (credit: Wikimedia-Staselnik); Volcanic island in Cocibolca Lake (credit: Aaron Escobar); Amazon deforestation (credit: NASA); Tehran smog viewed from the Tochal mountains (credit: Milad Mosapoor).

Between crazy weather, international events, and global agreements, 2014 was a year in which climate change took center stage. Whether it was a catastrophic drought in California, accelerated ice melting in Antarctica, or even record-breaking heat disrupting the Australian Open, the impacts of climate change are being felt around the world—and people are starting to take notice.

As we begin the new year, however, there are a number of stories slipping past the public eye that are worth highlighting. Five stand out.

Siberia’s Natural Resources—Exploited without Scrutiny

The vast reaches of Siberia are well known for Soviet-era gulags and bitter cold. Yet this scarcely populated region contains one fifth of the world’s forests and is also the scene of massive environmental degradation that goes largely unreported. A case in point: when an independent investigation revealed that an estimated 80 percent of the timber exported from Siberia is illegally logged, the follow up coverage was practically non-existent.

Siberia is the source of Russia’s oil and gas —> Read More Here

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