When we think of snow, what usually comes to mind is that lovely fluffy stuff that is white and chilly. But what if suddenly there were multiple different colors involved in the snow thing? The Russian city of Pervouralsk is currently covered in snow, but in some parts of the city, citizens are witnessing the fall of “green snow.” Yep, we’re not making this up.
The citizens are blaming the discolored snow on a nearby chrome plant, and they are also saying that children are falling ill because of it. Which is definitely not a good thing.
“The children got sick, they had a cough and their skin turned red, with rashes on their faces,” says a resident of the area, Natalya Solovey.
In its defense, the chrome factory has denied all accusations linking it to the acidic green snow:
“It’s a routine situation for residents that should not cause alarm. Does not threaten the lives or health of adults and children. It’s Pervouralsk. There are a whole variety of industrial enterprises here. If we take samples of snow in any place we will see a multitude of dangerous substances.”
The black snow of Siberia
If you think a little green snow is disgusting, then how about streets and communities completely covered in black snow? That’s what happened in Siberia earlier this month, and it’s all to do with coal mining.
“It’s harder to find white snow than black snow during the winter,” according to Vladimir Slivyak. “There is a lot of coal dust in the air all the time. When snow falls, it just becomes visible. You can’t see it for the rest of the year, but it is still there.”
Clearly, the Russians have some serious problems when it comes down to protecting the environment, and only the citizens seem to care at this point.