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Russia Heats Up
People, Environment

Russia Heats Up

Russia is warming more than twice as fast as the average for the rest of the world, the environment ministry said Friday, sounding an alarm on the rise in floods and wildfires nationwide. A government report on environmental protection said temperatures in Russia had warmed by 0.42 degrees Celsius per decade since 1976, or 2.5 times quicker than the global warming trend of 0.17 degrees. “Climate change leads to growth of dangerous meteorological phenomena,” the ministry said in a comment to the report published Friday, AFP reported. There were 569 such phenomena in Russia in 2014, “the most since monitoring began,” the ministry said, specifically mentioning last year’s ravaging floods and this year’s “water deficit” east of Lake Baikal, which led to a “catastrophic rise in fires.” Out-of-control fires and deadly floods have hit Russia nearly every year this decade, and the emergency situations ministry in October conceded it has to come up with a new strategy. “There are new threats in face of climate change,” emergencies minister Vladimir Puchkov said at a conference in October, adding they require “new measures to protect infrastructure.”

 

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