Tough lessons after the fires rage

Sustained heat, reaching over 100 (Farenheight) degrees - never before endured in 130 years of record keeping - sparked more than 26,000 wildfires, including scores around Moscow where peat bogs, long ago drained by the Soviets to fuel power plants, caught fire and created the thick smoke that shrouded the capital.

Sustained heat, reaching over 100 (Farenheight) degrees - never before endured in 130 years of record keeping - sparked more than 26,000 wildfires, including scores around Moscow where peat bogs, long ago drained by the Soviets to fuel power plants, caught fire and created the thick smoke that shrouded the capital.

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As the wildfires in Russia begin to subside, and with them the choking smog that has enveloped Moscow, Russians are counting the environmental, health and financial costs of an unprecedented heat wave.
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