Smog from Russia’s forest fires is engulfing the city more and more.
But Carbon Emission Reductions Are Off the Table
by Angelina Davydova, Science Magazine, vol 357,Issue 5357
When a squall tore through Moscow at the end of May, the toll was unusually high. The fierce gales killed 18 people and injured scores more, officials say, and inflicted about $3.5 billion in damages in Russia’s capital region.
“We have already witnessed [climate change] effects this summer and we need to prepare for more damage to come ,” says Anton Kulbachevsky, head of Moscow city’s environmental environmental committee.
Unease spread nationwide this summer after forest fires razed 4.6 million hectares of Siberian taiga and flooding ravaged the Far East. The mosquito-borne West Nile virus has made gains in Southern Russia, and tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are spreading in the north. Officials as well as scientists blame those disturbing patterns on climate change. “Climate change is a real threat for Russia and the country and its regions urgently need to start adapting to it, building resilience”, Larisa Korepanova, a senior official at the natural resources ministry, said at a climate forum organized by the city of Moscow and held there in August.