A burned forest at Gorny Ulus, in the Sakha Republic, Russia.

A burned forest at Gorny Ulus, in Sakha, Siberia

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Huge blazes from the north-east of Russia to North America have made global carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires this year the highest in nearly two decades of modern satellite records.

“By many metrics, it has been an extraordinary fire season in many parts of the northern hemisphere,” says Daniel Swain at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“We’ve seen big areas of fires before,” says Mark Parrington at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, “but for two months at …



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