Rebel Foam Manufacturer Faces Difficulties in Greening His Industry

A new international project to clean up the Russian Arctic was unveiled in London today, and enviros say it’s about time. Although the entire Arctic suffers from contamination by poisonous heavy metals, radioactive leaks, and industrial chemicals, the Russian portion of the region is worse off than any other. The $30 million project will clean up abandoned military bases, investigate the feasibility of using algae to mop up oil spills, and seek ways to unite environmental protection and economic benefits for indigenous peoples. The Arctic environment is especially at risk from damage caused by pollutants, because the extreme climate prevents the breakdown of toxics.