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Collapse Headlines 28 July 2010

Posted by feww on July 28, 2010

Many may die in Moscow smog: Scientist

Persistent smog from peat fires that have blanketed sizzling Moscow could kill “hundreds of people,” says a prominent Russian scientist.

Moscow temperatures rose to an all time high on Monday breaking the 130-year record.

Some 34 peat fires and 26 forest fires were ablaze in the area surrounding Moscow, covering 59 hectares (145 acres), the emergencies ministry said on Monday.

The ministry has since reported 58 new fires in the Moscow region, 30 of them at peat deposits, Reuters said.

Moscow Smog. A natural-color image of Moscow and the surrounding region captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 27, 2010. A thick  blanket of haze  covers the region.  The large plumes of smoke are created by multiple peat fires ESE of Moscow (marked by red outlines). Severe fires are also burning in eastern Siberia. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG)

Pollution makes less than half of China water drinkable

More than a quarter of China water unfit even for industrial use: Ministry of Environment

Inspectors from China’s “Ministry of Environmental Protection” say about 51 percent of China water is unsuitable for human/animal consumption, a report said.

China Plagued by Water Pollution. Source:

Spanish daytime temperatures set to rise, rainfall set to drop

“Madrid will be like (southern city) Seville, and Seville like Tucson. This is a report for action,” Spain’s Met Office reported.

“Climate Change Secretary Teresa Ribera added at a news conference that Spain, which already suffers from water shortages and is building desalination plants, was particularly vulnerable to climate change,” said a report.

“To the extent that temperatures change, animals and other living things will have to grow in different places to today, and that will also lead to significant changes in economic activities,” she added.

A Spanish reservoir succumbs to drought. Credit AFP. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

Another China landslide leaves 21 missing

Villagers in Hanyuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province look at the  extent of destruction caused by a massive landslide on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. At least 21 people were reported as  missing. Credit Xinhua. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

At least 21 people are missing after a landslide buried part of a village in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the latest episode of destruction caused by flooding across the country, a report said.

“About 100,000 cubic meters of rock and mud slid down Ermanshan Mountain near Shuanghe Village, Hanyuan County, Ya’an City, at around 5 a.m. Tuesday, smashing into three scores of brick houses at the foot of the mountain, local officials said.”

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