The global scale of plastic pollution could be much worse than previously thought. Microplastics have been found in some of the most remote regions of the oceans: samples taken from the middle of the South Indian Ocean show microplastic pollution detected at high volumes, 42 particles per cubic metre. Read More
Photo source: AB Elise.
AB Elise, the Russian architectural firm, has developed the project called Eco-city 2020, aimed at rehabilitation of the industrial zone in the town of Mirny, Yakutia. Eco-city will be built in the man-made crater with a diameter of about a kilometer and a depth of 550 meters. Read More
Our colleagues from The Times [continue](http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article6965700.ece) [to write](http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/outdoors/article6977947.ece) about the inhabitants of Siberia who live permanently in a horrific frosts:
> Fur, felt and food are Siberia’s holy trinity for surviving and thriving in [exceptionally cold weather](http://metkere.com/en/2010/01/ice-yoda.html). “If Britain is getting a dose of our weather, then tell people to put on a fur coat and hat – real, of course”, – says Galina Ivanovna, 62, who stands at her outdoor market stall in Novosibirsk for six hours a day. In temperatures as low as minus 38C,she has little appetite for animal rights.
> “Wear valenki, boots made from wool felt, and put on lots of woollen clothes underneath”, she adds. “You need good thick gloves, like the ones I sell, and make sure you protect your neck with a really warm scarf. Thick, long socks too. Above all, eat a good breakfast before you go out. I usually have fried potatoes cooked in lard and a mug of lemon tea with three sugars”.
Obviously, journalists are trying to inspire the freezing UK citizens. We hope they are successful.
Peeing Panda Fountain. Photos by [Dmitry Kobsev](http://www.flickr.com/photos/kobsev/sets/72157622051200820/).
Architectural Festival Green City was held in the Altay Mountains (Russia) in early August. Participants built architectural objects from materials that can be found at the scene. According to organizers, this is one of the principles of eco-architecture. The aim of the festival was to create a model architecture that is able to blend with the environment.
Our colleague [Dmitry Kobsev](http://kobsev.livejournal.com/), who visited architectural festival, said metkere.com, that he was impressed by impractical objects, like The Temple of Wind or The City of Flowers. “This is a bare idea, a sort of concept, not a claim for housing”, – said Dmitry Kobsev.
Related article: [“We are the Champions” in Altay Language](http://metkere.com/en/2008/08/altay-champions.html).
Helen Zille is the Mayor of Cape Town and leader of the Democratic Alliance political party, South Africas official opposition. Helen Zille has reached the final shortlist of 11 world mayors in the World Mayor Award for 2008, and she is the only remaining mayor of an African city. In her interview for metkere.com Helen Zille told about environmental sustainability, the preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and her vision for the future of Cape Town. Read More