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Photo Reportage: Baltic Freeze

Meteorologists announced that Siberian cold will reach portions of western and northern mainland Europe, especially from mid-winter on. Much of the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Germany, and the Baltic states are expected to have below-average temperatures this season.

Far from connecting low temperatures with both climate change skeptics or environmental catastrophe preachers, the following photo reportage is merely depicting in a purely descriptive manner the cold that hit the three Baltic states in January 2013. 

Lithuanian children enjoying sleigh rides in Žvėrynas, a posh quarter of capital Vilnius.

The frozen lake of Trakai is zigzagged by ad-hoc created paths that link the castle to the mainland over the ice.

Cross-country skiers overtake Vingis Park in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Trakai castle in the middle of its frozen lake, eastern Lithuania.

Riga, Latvia and its frozen Daugava river at -23 Centigrade in mid-January 2013.

Old city center of Riga, Latvia at -23 Centigrade.

Ice and snow hardens life. A senior citizen on his way to the town shop in south-east Lithuania.

Low temperatures in the outskirts of Vilnius. The city's renowned air purity might also be due to the fact that the urban centralised heating system is primarily based on the burning of natural gas, not coal.

All pictures by Raul Cazan/

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Raul Cazan

Raul Cazan

Environmental Journalist

For two years, Raul was the Editor-in-Chief of the only Romanian environmental magazine, Green Report, a product among few of the kind in Eastern Europe. Beyond his Law degree from the University of Bucharest, Raul’s interests revolve around environmental journalism and communications, enhancing topics surrounding the politics of climate change and food security. Raul holds two Master’s Degrees in political science and development from the Central European University Budapest and University of Trento, Italy. He collaborated with the World Wildlife Fund – Danube Carpathian Program, founded the Slow Food Bucharest chapter and acted as an environmental law consultant in Brussels. In 2009 and 2010 he was International Grassroots Outreach Fellow at Earth Day Network in Washington, D.C. His latest project consists of setting-up a similar open virtual platform, named, regarding climate change and the green collar economy in Central and Eastern Europe. His big passion is cycling, thus he is making it a socially valued activity by promoting and carrying out “bike charity” projects such as RideAcross. Currently, as president of Association 2Celsius, he is working on media development, institutional greening projects as well as on land use change related programs.

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