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Causes of catastrophic fires in Russia

The most important causes of the huge bush fires in Russia, which have killed many and destroyed large areas (7600 square km), apparently are the extreme heat in those areas (measurements by NASA satellite “Terra”: more than 12 degrees higher than usually at this time of the year), never experienced in historical times, and the large scale deforestation that has occurred after privatization of the forest industry.

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,711072,00.html

One should not use single events to make sweeping statements. However, the fires in Russia, flooding in Pakistan (also apparently never experienced before), accelerating melting of Arctic/Subarctic ice sheets, etc. etc., and in particular the evaluations of scientific evidence by large groups of climate scientists, are certainly suggestive of things to come.

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