Smoke from fires in peat bogs surrounding Moscow engulfed the city  (photo: dpa)

Geopolitics: Were lessons learned from Russia's summer wildfires?

Has the Russian government learned any lessons from its handling of wildfires during record temperatures last year which caused human suffering, death and destruction? asks GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund who looks at the country's track record in handling disasters.

MASSIVE forest fires broke out in Russia following one of the worst heatwaves in memory, with temperatures soaring to 40°C in early August. This was the summer of 2010. It was a time to be remembered – and from which lessons should have been learned.

At the peak of the disaster, satellite images showed a 3,000 km-long (1,864 mile) smoke cloud covering western Russi...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Over and above the human suffering, substantial damage was caused to the Russian economy
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