to analysis of recent satellite data, forest fires in eastern Russia
currently cover more than 3.5 million hectares of forested land. An
area larger than Belgium!
the fire season in Russia isn't over yet.This year's forest fires are
close to becoming one of the most devastating in recent Russian
history. Usually around 5 to 6 million hectares of forest burn in a
year. Russian meteorologists say that this summer in Russia will be
warm and dry – weather fire fighters hate.
Fires and climate change
is warming faster than
the rest of the planet. According to a new report by Russia's climate
and environment agency, between 1976 and 2012 average temperatures in
Russia rose 0.43°C (0.8°F) a decade – more than twice the global
average of 0.17°C.
dry weather in Siberia is one of the impacts of climate
to natural reserve rangers in
Zapovednoye Podlemorye on lake Baikal. Wildfires release massive
amounts of carbon which causes climate change which makes the fires
worse. It's a terrible cycle.
a result, we face forest fires in one of the largest forested region
in the world – the Russian Boreal forest. It's also one of the most
'biologically outstanding' places in the world, home to a range of
species – from wolves and brown bears to golden eagles and siberian
accentors. These species suffered when a forest fire almost
entirely engulfed the
natural reserve in Baikal three days ago.
What can you do?
Greenpeace Wildland Fire Program (WFP) trains volunteers to suppress
wildfires. They are motivated to stay at the forefront of the peat,
grass and forest fires around Baikal. We shared our experience with
the local groups which helps them be much more effective than the
official forest management bodies. They
are thankful that you can help Greenpeace
this underreported story about the real scale of the forest fires in
management in Russia is in crisis. State foresters and fire fighting
services don't have enough resources, like experienced fire fighters,
foresters and equipment. That's why they try to hide the problem and
to understate the scale. That's why Greenpeace Russia's main goal is
to not let the government hide wildfires.
need your support to make this problem world-known, so that the
Russian government can't ignore wildfires anymore. Please
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Tekeeva is a Press Officer with Greenpeace Russia.