Siberia is Burning

August 5, 2019

More than two million hectares on fire in Siberia, with tundra on fire destroying the permafrost

The worst-hit regions are Krasnoyarsk, Yakutia and Irkutsk in a summer fire season seen as worse than recent years in the spread and intensity of the infernos.

Some 784,931 hectares of wildfires are raging on permafrost zones including the Arctic in Yakutia – officially Sakha Republic – and the Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, causing possibly irreparable damage to the tundra.

Other infernos are sweeping through boreal forests which are known as the lungs of the Northern Hemisphere.

Here, centuries-old cedar, pine and larch trees are turn to ashes.

In many – indeed most – areas the authorities acknowledge they will not be able to extinguish the fires because the areas are too remote or do not threaten people or strategic facilities.

The cost of putting them out is seen as too great.

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Massive wildlife tragedy as bears and foxes flee taiga, while smaller animals suffocate in smoke

Predators seek food in villages all around Siberia as climate expert warns of worse fires each year due to soaring rise in temperatures, 10C above average.

All they can do is to flee and seek food elsewhere, with local residents trying to do all they can to help. Pictures – here and below with a rabbit – were taken in Yakutia by photographer Natalia Negnyurova who said she aimed to attract attention to the threat that wildfires

Wild animals are turning to humans as they escape gas-chamber-like woods, with wildfires continuing to rage across almost 3 million hectares.

Even the Arctic is on fire, with smoke blanketing an area larger than the European Union, and a state of emergency declared in several large areas of Siberia.

And a dire warning has been sounded about a major change in climate in Siberia.

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Fire and flood apocalypse with wildfires raging and dire threat to Baikal, world’s deepest lake

Fire and flood apocalypse with wildfires raging and dire threat to Baikal, world’s deepest lake

Almost 3 million hectares on fire, including Arctic, with fumes having hit area larger than European Union.

A series of natural disasters are hitting Siberia, with the latest a dire threat from severe flooding to Baikal – the oldest and deepest lake in the worth, containing 20% of the planet’s unfrozen freshwater. 

The alert concerns flooding in Baikalsk – where evacuation has begun – and concerns that toxic mudflows can dump poisonous sludge from a former pulp and paper mill into the lake’s pristine maters. 

Pools of liquid sludge containing lignin poses a huge threat to the life in Baikal with warnings of an ‘ecological catastrophe’.

‘We can only pray now,” said one campaigner pointing to a risk of a dam burst on the Solzana River where a bride had been swept away already. 

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One million trees to heal burnt Siberian taiga

One of Russia’s biggest airlines to provide EUR1.4 for every Siberia ticket sold online to replant trees.

S7 Airlines – known as Sibir, meaning Siberia, from 1992 till 2005 – has temporarily changed its name back to what it used to be as part of fundraising campaign.

‘Siberia is the homeland of our airline’, said the airline in a statement.

‘We cannot be indifferent to the environmental situation in the region.

‘Forest fires in Siberia have spread to more than 3 million hectares.

‘We are temporarily returning to our historical name, which is Siberia Airlines, and launching an initiative to replenish forests in Siberia.’

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Race against time and waves as Russian archaeologists rescue Siberia’s remarkable Atlantis

Sensational underwater treasures – including mummies of Hun-era fashionistas – recaptured from oblivion.

Unique necropoli in remote republic of Tuva with more than one hundred undisturbed burials from the Bronze era to the time of Genghis Khan appear eerily from under the water only once a year.

The precious archeological site is located at the bottom of the so-called Sayan Sea, an artificial reservoir created upstream of the Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam, Russia’s biggest power plant.

Scientists can only work here from mid-May to the end of June, with water daily destroying burials made at sea shores, and threatening graves hidden on the reservoir bed.

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