During the Cold War period, nuclear submarines were refuelled at sea, and the spent nuclear fuel was then shipped to Andreyeva Bay, where it was placed in a special storage facility to cool off before being transported to a reprocessing plant at Mayak, in the Urals. But in the early 1980s, leaks sprung up in the storage system, causing high levels of radioactive contamination.
A closer look reveals the careful organisation of the place. Beside the gateway to the slum housing is a mountain of large, dirty white bags containing plastics and cardboard. Next come wooden pall
Plastic is now present in every corner of the earth and in the food we eat. As the Guardian considers the extent of this crisis, we look at six simple things you can do to stop contributing to the
The cause is the expanding middle class and rising wages across the board. A generation ago, bottled drinks were still something of a novelty and most Chinese people could remember the first time they tasted Coca-Cola. Now children are brought up on an array of sugary drinks. The plastic bottle has become ubiquitous.