Siberia’s wildfires are bigger than all the world’s other blazes combined – The Washington Post
Robyn Dixon August 11, 2021
On one level, the Siberian fires are part of an annual cycle. But many climate experts see the staggering scope of this year’s fires as another sign of greater fire risks on a warming planet that is potentially being made even hotter by huge carbon emissions from the blazes.
Siberia’s fires are pumping huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere
Russia is fighting more than 190 forest fires in Siberia that have closed airports and roads, forced widespread evacuations and sent a pall of smoke across the North Pole. But it has abandoned dozens more fires covering thousands of square miles, with no effort to fight them.
As Russia faces one of its worst fire seasons, environmentalists say there is little urgency about an event that officials play down every year.