Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Crisis
The Ecological Situation in Ukraine

Leonid Rudenko

Deutsche Fassung


The environmental situation in Ukraine is bad. Energy and raw material intensive industry has destroyed the ecological balance in the country’s east. There, the concentrations of contaminants in the atmosphere are high and the quality of the water poor. Throughout the entire country, farmlands have been degraded, and biodiversity has declined. Nonetheless, although the ecological crisis has also contributed to Ukraine’s demographic crisis, environmental consciousness remains marginal. The urgently needed ecological modernisation has yet to take place.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 301–308)