Russia's Baltic impacts reviewed
Environmental experts have reviewed progress in tackling pollution hot spots in Russia's St Petersburg and Leningrad region at a workshop in St Petersburg that ended yesterday. The region has historically been a major polluter of the Gulf of Finland, the eastern arm of the Baltic Sea, due to uncontrolled discharges of urban wastewater and industrial emissions. None of nine hot spots identified in the region in 1992 has been deleted, but the Helsinki Commission charged with protecting the Baltic marine environment has issued an upbeat statement, noting significant improvements already achieved and more on the way. See Helsinki Commission, tel: +358 9 622 0220, and press release.