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Toxic black snow covers the streets in Siberia


Posted on Saturday, 16 February, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

Imagine having to clear this off your car in the morning. Image Credit: Vusal Radzhabow
Residents of the Kemerovo region of Siberia have been uploading images and videos of the phenomenon.
The spectacle, which has been described as 'post-apocalyptic' by the Russian media, is believed to have been caused by toxic coal dust that has been pumped out of nearby coal-mining facilities.

"It's harder to find white snow than black snow during the winter," said environmentalist Vladimir Slivyak. "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."

Some of the most recent footage shows piles of the black snow heaped up on top of cars and at the roadside as well as strewn across pavements, gardens and even a children's playground.

Suffice to say, the problem is not likely to be doing the local residents' health any favors.


Source: The Guardian | Comments (9)

Tags: Black Snow, Siberia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by South Alabam on 16 February, 2019, 15:41
Just imagine what local residents lungs must look like.
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then on 16 February, 2019, 16:47
Poor people.  When we were in Beijing in 2000 for our adoption trip, it was early December and there was a perpetual smog that was so bad your eyes would burn and water as soon as you walked outdoors.  It's what London air must have been like during the late 1800s, I guess.  Black snow is just... depressing...
Comment icon #3 Posted by AllPossible on 17 February, 2019, 2:25
I got the black lung poppa. *cough *cough
Comment icon #4 Posted by mdbuilder on 17 February, 2019, 15:29
Looks like maybe they sand the roads out there in Siberia. Once the sand/snow slush melts, what's left is sand.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog on 18 February, 2019, 1:02
Britain was pitch black too in the industrial revolution. Some moth species just turned all black because of a phenotype advantage in a coal tainted environment.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppered_moth_evolution
Comment icon #6 Posted by lolaivanna on 19 February, 2019, 11:40
ewww not nice or healthy for the residents.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RoofGardener on 19 February, 2019, 12:18
 Another triumph for Joseph Stalin and the USSR ! 
Comment icon #8 Posted by MissJatti on 23 February, 2019, 7:37
Breathing all that coal, could be worse than smoking.
Comment icon #9 Posted by and then on 23 February, 2019, 8:39
Between increased smoking rates and such pollution, the Chinese have a burgeoning health crisis on the horizon.


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