Russia’s remote permafrost thaws, threatening homes and infrastructure

The old airport in the Siberian settlement of Churapcha has been unusable for years, its runway transformed into a swampy field of puffed-up mounds and reliefs. Like cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia, Churapcha is suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost on which everything is built. “There isn’t a single settlement inContinue reading “Russia’s remote permafrost thaws, threatening homes and infrastructure”

Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined

Smoke just reached the North Pole in a first. Smoke from massive wildfires in Russia’s Siberia region has reached the geographic North Pole “for the first time in recorded history,” according to NASA — while the forest blazes themselves are bigger than all the other wildfires currently burning in the world combined, one expert said.  The U.SContinue reading “Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined”

‘Everything is on fire’: Siberia hit by unprecedented burning

Locals fear for their health and property as smoke from raging forest fires shrouds an entire region of eastern Russia Every morning and evening for the last few days, shifts of young villagers have headed out into the taiga forest around Teryut with a seemingly impossible task: to quell the raging fires that have burnedContinue reading “‘Everything is on fire’: Siberia hit by unprecedented burning”

Siberia wildfires: Russia army planes and thousands of firefighters battle blazes

About 800,000 hectares of forest destroyed so far in region enveloped by smoke as Russia suffers through ‘abnormal heatwave’ Russia’s army has sent water-bombing planes to support thousands of firefighters battling huge wildfires in Siberia, a region known for its frozen tundra that is now sweltering under a heatwave. Flames are tearing across 800,000 hectaresContinue reading “Siberia wildfires: Russia army planes and thousands of firefighters battle blazes”

Wildfires rage in Russia, Spain and the US amid high temperatures

Forest fires have broken out in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region near Kazakhstan and in north-eastern Siberia. The Ministry of Emergency Situations said it has deployed aircraft and a helicopter to fight the fires, as well as 240 personnel to Chelyabinsk where two large villages have been evacuated. Wildfires are also ravaging northeastern Siberia where temperatures haveContinue reading “Wildfires rage in Russia, Spain and the US amid high temperatures”

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