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In 2013, the United Nations declared December 5 as the first official World Soil Day, and ever since, it has been held annually throughout the world. In Russia, it was first celebrated at the Dokuchaev Central Soil Museum, named after a pioneer of soil science.
The Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production program launched at ITMO University just a few years ago but quickly became popular among applicants. Recently, the program kicked off in a new format. Learn more about the program’s main subjects and the international opportunities available to its students in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Simply Eco (Эко просто) is a project based on a VK page and a mini app. It was created by students from several St. Petersburg universities, including ITMO University. They discussed the features of the app with us and explained how it helps to become environmentally friendly.
Ulyana Gabysheva, a graduate of the Laser Micro- and Nanotechnologies Bachelor’s program, has joined forces with a major PET plastic bottle manufacturer to develop a laser engraving method that will make it possible to abandon the use of labels and increase the effectiveness of the plastic recycling process.
In April 2020, Greenpeace Russia announced a project on wildfire prevention. The organization invited volunteers to participate in mapping of affected areas with the help of satellite imagery. One of the goals of this project is to create a neural network able to predict future fires and measure their area via satellite images. More than 300 people participated, as during self-isolation it’s one of the few available ways to help eco-activists. Anastasia Elnikova, a member of the ITMO.GREEN club and Ksenia Belkina, its head, discussed the project and shared what kind of results they expect.
Egor Zadereev, a PhD in biological sciences and member of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ research center, has recently visited St. Petersburg with a lecture “10 Rules of Eco-Friendly Behavior” as part of the Energy of Science project. In his presentation, Egor spoke about the myths existing around the eco-friendly movement and shared simple actions that have the power to help the planet. ITMO.NEWS reports with the keynotes from the event.
On August 3-17, the Yagodnoe sports and recreation center hosted the annual camp Ecological Raids, which attracted volunteers from Germany, Italy, Spain, Palestine and other countries. Together, they cleaned rubbish off the center’s territory, beautified the space and learned more about each other’s homelands. This has been the fifth time that Ecological Raids is organized, by efforts of ITMO University’s students. Here is more on the international volunteers’ expressions and this year’s camp.
Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and the largest natural freshwater reservoir. In 1996, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, like many other large bodies of water, is suffering from pollution. Today, a Greenpeace research team is preparing to carry out an evaluation of the lake’s water pollution levels. Continue reading to learn how the environmental organization has kept watch on Baikal for the past 24 years, which factors threaten the lake today, and what scientists know about this unique natural wonder.
Jaana Sorvari, a professor at Aalto University (Finland) and researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), has come to ITMO University to deliver the intensive course “Environmental Risk Assessment in Waste Management.” During the course, Master’s students from the program Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production learned about Europe and Finland’s experience of sustainable waste management. ITMO.NEWS spoke with Prof. Sorvari about the challenges currently faced by Europe in terms of waste management and learned why excessive consumption is an issue not only in Russia, but even in eco-friendly Scandinavian states.
Two-Minute Beach Cleans and Plastic-Identifying AI: How Citizen Science Combats Plastic Waste in Oceans
Plastic waste has become a global environmental threat. The production of plastic has seen exponential growth, increasing from 1.7 million tons in the 1950s to 335 million tons in 2016 (PlasticsEurope 2017). Incorrect disposal of this material leads to a stark upsurge of its presence in natural environments. Information about the rapidly escalating situation with marine waste is crucial for finding a solution to this global crisis and saving thousands of animal species. That’s why today a range of citizen science projects have emerged that aim to gather data about marine pollution and step up volunteer effort to clean away the rubbish where it is possible. This article presents some of the local projects by participating in which you can contribute to the solution of the global issue in question.