Another smoggy Sunday in the town with factories owned by Russia’s richest man

Nornickel’s pollution cloud covering the fragile taiga forest on the Kola Peninsula comes only a few days after CEO Vladimir Potanin said a company that pays high dividends to shareholders must be able to spend serious funds on ensuring sustainable development. People driving the Kola highway have seen it before. Like in late July when … Continue reading Another smoggy Sunday in the town with factories owned by Russia’s richest man

Organization Sign-On Letter to Tesla: Respect Indigenous Peoples in your Supply Chain

Dear Elon Musk, CEO Tesla, Inc. It has come to our attention that Tesla is actively seeking to establish long-term contracts with nickel producers. In this regard, we, the undersigned representatives of Indigenous Peoples, environmental and human rights organizations, experts and representatives of academia reiterate a call from Indigenous Peoples of Russia urging Tesla NOT … Continue reading Organization Sign-On Letter to Tesla: Respect Indigenous Peoples in your Supply Chain

Tesla urged to respect indigenous rights in supply chain by not sourcing from Norilsk Nickel

Over 70 NGOs have signed on to a letter urging Tesla to respect Indigenous rights in its supply chain, by not sourcing nickel mined by Nornickel (Norilsk Nickel), until the company makes effort to address the minimum standards set out by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This request comes after major … Continue reading Tesla urged to respect indigenous rights in supply chain by not sourcing from Norilsk Nickel

От Хибин до Чукотки: как живет Арктика

Во всем мире коренные народы, сохраняющие традиционный образ жизни, первыми сталкиваются с изменением климата и другими экологическими проблемами. По сравнению с жителями городов они практически не защищены от загрязнения водоемов и почвы. А незначительные изменения в сезонности и ареалах роста растений и обитания животных могут поставить и без того малочисленные народы на грань выживания.  Об … Continue reading От Хибин до Чукотки: как живет Арктика

Investors Shrug as Tesla Promises $25,000 EV in Three Years

While Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk promised a US$25,000 electric vehicle within three years, driven by dramatic production cost reductions and performance improvements, for battery cells, his highly-touted Battery Day event earlier this week ended up disappointing investors looking for a bigger announcement and faster results. Tesla’s plans add up to a 56% reduction … Continue reading Investors Shrug as Tesla Promises $25,000 EV in Three Years

How Nornickel Became the Arctic’s Biggest

One Russian company releases more sulfur dioxide into the air than the whole of the U.S. Ecologists often joke that Europe owes its clean skies to the dirty sky of Norilsk — and there’s more than a shred of truth in this assertion. The Nornickel mining and metallurgical company supplies metals to 37 countries, where … Continue reading How Nornickel Became the Arctic’s Biggest

Как «Норникель» стал главным загрязнителем Арктики

Одна российская компания выбрасывает в воздух больше диоксида серы, чем все США. Своим чистым небом Европа обязана грязному небу Норильска – распространенная шутка экологов, в которой, как водится, много правды. ГМК «Норникель» поставляет металлы в 37 стран, где они используются для производства электрокаров, электростанций и солнечных батарей. Но, добывая все эти ценные для экологии металлы, … Continue reading Как «Норникель» стал главным загрязнителем Арктики

Russian Indigenous communities are begging Tesla not to get its nickel from this major polluter

Maddie Stoneon Sep 21, 2020 Every year in August and September, the people of Ust’-Avam, a remote indigenous community located in the Taimyr region of the Russian Arctic, toss nets into the Avam River to catch tugunok fish, an important traditional food. This year, the community stopped fishing early, around the start of the month. … Continue reading Russian Indigenous communities are begging Tesla not to get its nickel from this major polluter

Союз саамов призывает Tesla воздержаться от покупки металлов у «Норникеля»

«Комбинат навсегда испортил эту некогда красивую тундру», — заявляет российский саам Андрей Данилов с Кольского полуострова. Андрей Данилов на фоне зоны экологического бедствия под Мончегорском с плакатом, призывающим Илона Маска ответить на призыв коренных народов российского севера не покупать металл у «Норникеля». Фото: из личного архива «Уважаемый господин Илон Маск», —начинается письмо коренных народов севера России. «Мы … Continue reading Союз саамов призывает Tesla воздержаться от покупки металлов у «Норникеля»

The dirty secret behind your ‘green’ electric car

The automotive industry is driving growing demand for nickel, critical for batteries, despite the pollution that production can cause. President Putin ordered a state of emergency after a large diesel spill caused widespread damage in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk in Siberia this summerMARINE RESCUE SERVICE/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES As Tesla shares continued their stellar rise last … Continue reading The dirty secret behind your ‘green’ electric car