Heat wave thaws Siberia’s tundra, then sets it ablaze

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Heat wave thaws Siberia’s tundra, then sets it ablaze

Climate change-induced heat wave has caused an outbreak of wildfires in a region usually too frozen to burn After temperatures in Siberia hit a record-breaking 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit last month, the sweltering heat wave is continuing its attack on the usually frigid region with no signs of easing up. Last week, the Forestry Agency of Russia reported an outbreak of wildfires over millions of acres of land usually covered in permafrost, raising alarms for climate scientists. The parched, searing conditions dried out both the vegetation and the decomposing matter on…

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