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“Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”

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Thirty years on from Frank Zappa’s ode to the perils of chromatically challenged low temperature precipitation, what do people in the backwoods of Siberia get? Yellow snow. Well, OK, it’s mostly orange, with a bit of yellow. And red. But they have been told not to eat it. Or at least, not to feed it to their animals.

Three regions of southern Siberia have reported foul-smelling, oily orange snow that contains four times the normal levels of iron, as well as acids and nitrates. Everyone apart from the government is busy trying to work out which of Russia’s eco-disaster zones is the source of the pollution. The official line is that a storm in Kazakhstan picked up clay and dust, and dumped it next door in Siberia. Makes a change from frogs.

At least they’ve still got some snow. The way the climate’s going, skiers will be happy to ski on anything, regardless of colour. Or race, creed or sexual orientation.

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Written by Pete Smith

February 3, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Posted in Pollution

5 Responses

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  1. I’ve heard weird tales about a mammoth on the loose in Siberia, with a weak bladder. Something to do with having awoken from the warming permafrost. 😉

    matt

    February 3, 2007 at 8:21 pm

  2. Lol @ Matt. You have a witty reply for everything!

    It looks like something you’d see on The Simpsons.

    earthpal

    February 4, 2007 at 10:19 am

  3. The Simpsons is completely mad! The best sign that democracy still survives in the USofA me thinks.

    On a serious note; what on earth could have caused that snow to go multicoloured & is anyone investigating this?

    matt

    February 4, 2007 at 12:05 pm

  4. The Simpsons is completely mad! The best sign that democracy still survives in the USofA me thinks

    Nah, South Park!

    Pete Smith

    February 4, 2007 at 12:41 pm

  5. On a serious note; what on earth could have caused that snow to go multicoloured & is anyone investigating this?

    Nothing reported since Friday that I can find:

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070202/60091814.html

    The official line is that it’s got oil in it but it’s not toxic. Er, hello?

    Pete Smith

    February 4, 2007 at 2:00 pm


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