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Should natural resources be exploited to support economic development? In Siberia, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and contains one fifth of the world’s freshwater. It has developed over 25 million years to be a truly unique eco-system - yet this lake is now an environment at serious risk. This album focuses on the growing environmental threats to the region, which was named a World Heritage Site in 1996. Industry and new businesses flocked to the once-isolated region, inducing massive economic growth, but at what cost to the natural habitat? On top of this threat, the invasion of alien species and rising water temperatures due to global warming throw up questions, conflicts and challenges about sustainable development and how we are to manage the consequences of our actions responsibly. This material forms part of the course U216 Environment.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Environment: Lake Baikal

A short introduction to this album.

© The Open University 2009

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Environment: Lake Baikal    A short introduction to this album. Play now Environment: Lake Baikal
2 Pearl of Siberia    A region of outstanding universal value. Play now Pearl of Siberia
3 A World Heritage Site    Lake Baikal is under threat. Play now A World Heritage Site
4 Increasing threats    The growing demand for electricity creates further pollution. Play now Increasing threats
5 Ignoring the risks    The impact of the pulp and paper mill. Play now Ignoring the risks
6 The Gorbachov era    Environmental protection in the Gorbachev era. Play now The Gorbachov era
7 A country in transition    The impact of the sudden end to the Soviet Union in 1991. Play now A country in transition
8 An inconvenient law    Environmental proctection is a hindrance to economic development Play now An inconvenient law
9 Protecting the lake    Lake Baikal and its special protection Play now Protecting the lake
10 Balancing the risks    Risks facing the lake and the threat of global warming Play now Balancing the risks
11 Two sides to the story    The economic importance of Baikalsk paper mill Play now Two sides to the story
12 A heavy burden    Protecting the environment costs money. Play now A heavy burden
13 Treating the water    Can technology save the day? Play now Treating the water
14 Economy versus nature    Is it possible for economic growth and environmental sustainability to co-exist? Play now Economy versus nature
15 An alternative industry    The Baikal water bottling plant as a more sustainable form of development. Play now An alternative industry
16 A precarious future    Protecting the environment from the demands of economic growth Play now A precarious future




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