Russian pilots snuff out six blazes tearing through Portugal’s forests
Aug22

Russian pilots snuff out six blazes tearing through Portugal’s forests

Russian air pilots have extinguished six forest fires that have charred an area of more than 1,000 hectares in Portugal during the past five days, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has informed TASS. Two Beriyev-200 amphibious planes arrived in Portugal on August 13 to join the fire-fighting efforts the following day. Their crews boast vast fire-fighting experience under the most adverse conditions. “Over the past five days the...

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North American Forests Unlikely To Save Us From Climate Change
Jul26

North American Forests Unlikely To Save Us From Climate Change

Forests take up 25 – 30 percent of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide — a strong greenhouse gas — and are therefore considered to play a crucial role in mitigating the speed and magnitude of climate change. However, a new study that combines future climate model projections, historic tree-ring records across the entire continent of North America, and how the growth rates of trees may respond to a higher concentration of carbon...

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Almost 16,000 hectares of forest on fire in Russia
Jun15

Almost 16,000 hectares of forest on fire in Russia

The area of forest fires in Russia has increased by almost 40% over the past 24 hours, reaching about 16,000 hectares. More than one-third of the blazes have been recorded in the Irkutsk region, the Federal Forestry Agency’s Aerial Forest Fire Center (Avialesookhrana) reported on Wednesday (June 15). “As of 00:00, Moscow time on June 15, 2016, there were 106 forest fire in Russia in an area of 15,989 hectares, including 23 fires...

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Number of forest fires in Russia decreased by 60% over past 24 hours
May29

Number of forest fires in Russia decreased by 60% over past 24 hours

The number of forest fires in Russia has decreased by more than 60% over the past 24 hours to 33 hot spots, Russian Federal Forestry Agency’s Aerial Forest Fire Center (Avialesookhrana) reported on Sunday. “A total of 50 forest fires at a total area of 9,600 hectares have been extinguished in Russia over the past day. The fire-fighting efforts involved 1,783 people, 246 pieces of equipment and 7 aircraft. The fire affected an...

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