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Contemporary Problems of Ecology

2014 year, number 6

Ecological Safety of Siberia

V. B. Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS, 664033, Irkutsk, Ulan-Batorskaya str., 1
Keywords: ecology, Siberia, emissions of harmful substances, forest fires, floods


In recent decades, an issue concerning the environmental quality and ecological safety has been frequently raised at the global, regional and local levels. The intensive natural-resource development of Siberia leads to a deterioration of the nаtural environment of the region, which was previously almost unаffected by the anthropogenic influence. There are some peculiar features associated with both the specific nаtural conditions and the types of anthropogenic impact. The paper presents the data on environmental pollution, land degradation, and nаtural disasters. Key actions to reduce the environmental hazard in the Siberian region were planned. An attempt to give an integrated assessment of the ecological safety of Siberia was presented.