Russian president Vladimir Putin agreed with environmentalists that an oil pipeline being built across Siberia should be rerouted significantly further south, away from Lake Baikal, the world’s most voluminous fresh-water lake, reversing a controversial government decision last month. (NY Times)

UPDATE: I read on May 1 that the lake is the world’s oldest and deepest, containing 20 percent of Earth’s surface fresh water (25 million years old and 1,700 metres deep).

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