Toilets are the talk of Lake Baikal these days, at least among the ecologically minded.
For years, their main bogyman was the Soviet-era Baykalsk Paper and Pulp Mill that sat on the shoreline belching pollutants into the spectacular lake, which contains about one-fifth of the unfrozen freshwater on the earth’s surface. Three years after the plant closed, the fight to preserve the lake has shifted to different battlegrounds.
This is an excerpt from an article first published by The New York Times. Read the original article here: A Russian Lake’s Future Hangs on Tourists and Toilets.