Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Tuesday, 20 October 2009 15:02
In previous Baba Jaga's contribution: Save our Planet, I talked about a need to reduce the consumption of goods. I gave a positive example of Poland since we did not consume that much as people in US do. To counterbalance this positive image of Poland and Eastern Europe lets talk about environmental pollution in the article below.
How many of you know that the worst polluted part of Europe is so called black triangle between Southwestern Poland, Eastern Germany (Eastern Saxony) and Czech Republic (Northern Bohemia)? This area is shaped by the range of mountains, among them so called Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) of Sudeten chain. The mountains form a wind barrier which creates unfavorable conditions for the dispersion of pollution from three industrial centers, mainly brown coal mining. The mountains in the center of the triangle were affected by the acid rain from these industrial centers. It is estimated that 50% of the coniferous forest there disappeared between 1972 and 1989. Since 1991 all three countries of this region try to work together to alleviate this environmental disaster. The photo on the right shows a part of Sudeten forest which is distressed by pollution.