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With Siberia in flames, climate change hits home for Russia

By Fred Weir
The Christian Science Monitor
July 23, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Siberia is burning. Russia’s enormous but sparsely populated Asian landmass is experiencing record-breaking temperatures, the fifth year in a row it has done so. But this year has brought unprecedented forest fires … and blanketed vast areas with thick air pollution. Cities are sweltering with temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit that began a month early this year… Scientists say Siberia is warming at twice the global average – leading to extreme weather events, severe environmental deterioration, and serious complications for human habitation. And, they warn, it is a climate catastrophe that might be just beginning. “If these temperatures repeat themselves next year, the situation on the southern fringe of Siberian forests is going to become critical,” says Nadezhda Chebakova, a researcher at the Sukachev Institute of Forest in Krasnoyarsk. “In the long run, something has to be done about the emissions of greenhouse gases.” …researchers say that this heat wave would have been virtually impossible without man-made climate change.

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