Russia's worst heatwave in more than a century has seen the mortality rate in Moscow soar by a third in July. There were 14,340 deaths in the capital over the month, 4,824 more than last July, an official has revealed.
Southeastern winds blew smoke from the areas worst affected by peat bog and forest fires. Weather experts said the winds are unlikely to change over the next few days.This is one story of many during a heat wave that has impacted most of the United States, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Taiwan, China, North Africa and the European continent, along with Canada, Russia, Indochina, South Korea and Japan from May through August 2010.
The concentration of airborne pollutants such as carbon monoxide has further intensified and is at more than six times normal levels, according to city health officials – the worst seen to date in Moscow. The smog has seeped into buildings and the city's subway system.
As reported in this article, The Planet has a Fever, the last decade has seen the warmest temperatures on record. Now, we are seeing the fever become fire. The impact on Moscow is clear in its lack of visibility from one building to the next. The impact of the obfuscation of the reality of climate change is evident in rising temperatures and the fires that have resulted therein.
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LABELS: CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENT, GLOBAL WARMING, HEAT WAVE, RUSSIA, WORLD NEWS