Russian authorities started to evacuate two villages in a vast region of Siberia where 155 active forest fires burned Sunday. A dozen villages in northeastern Siberia's Sakha-Yakutia republic were threatened by the fires.
Russia's president once declared that climate change is caused by "invisible changes in the galaxy." Now, large parts of Yakutia in Siberia are on fire. The permafrost is threatened and the government response has been inadequate.
The Siberian heatwave of 2020 led to new methane emissions from the permafrost, according to research. Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas are currently small, the scientists said, but further research is urgently needed.
The chancellor acknowledged that her efforts to counter climate change were "not sufficient" and gave a cautious welcome to an agreement with the Biden administration to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
A heatwave in one of the world's coldest regions has sparked forest fires and threatened the Siberian city of Yakutsk with an "airpocalypse" of thick toxic smoke, atmospheric monitoring services have reported.