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MSTU Held Seminar on Arctic Environment Protection

29.01.2013

- All of us, people living in the North, know how vulnerable the nature is. It is enough for off-road vehicle to drive through a swamp to leave its wheel trace for decades. If waste waters were carelessly discharged into the Gulf waters, there will be the need to solve the problem for decades, – said Sergey Dubrovin, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, welcoming the participants. – And speaking about harmful emissions of gas pollutants into the atmosphere, which are produced by burning solid and liquid fuel, we will probably be able to only estimate the problem in the future.

Sergey Dubrovin added that the seminar is a significant event not only for the university, but for the entire Arctic region. He also expressed confidence that the results of scientific surveys conducted within the project framework will have practical impact for the industry.

– It would be incorrect to think that the issue of black carbon or soot particles emerged only at present. Surely, research was conducted before and is carried out now. Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute thoroughly studies this issue, in particular, emissions of various particles in the Arctic to determine their nature and origin, – commented Alexei Kokorin, the coordinator of the climate change programme of the World Wildlife Fund .

According to his words, contaminants can be transported over very long distances.

– Their origin can be far outside the Arctic. As research shows, it can be wildfires in Siberia, as well as emissions in China and even in Bangladesh, – said Kokorin.

Expert in international environmental programs implementation of US Environmental Protection Agency Teresa Kuklinski gave a brief overview of the impact of so-called black carbon on the environment. Kuklinski also spoke about the prerequisites for the development and implementation of the project, its importance for the protection of the vulnerable Arctic nature.

The seminar brought together leading experts and scientists of the Murmansk region in the field of environmental protection, energy conservation and energy sector. They will jointly work towards a solution to the issue of minimizing the negative impact of black carbon on the environment.