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- Aug 27, 2005
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For those complaining about the heat wave in the heartland of the US, you could be living in Russia. Right now, about 700 people are dying every day in Moscow. Another complication is added because the heat has set off fires in the peat bogs outside of Moscow, and the air is thick with smog and smoke. In addition, this heat wave stands to destroy about 30% of Russia's grain crop, and Russia has called a halt to all grain exports, as it attempts to head off it's own food shortage.Russia has recently seen the longest unprecedented heat wave for at least one thousand years, the head of the Russian Meteorological Center said on Monday.
Wildfires continue to rage across much of the central part of European Russia as the country experiences a heat wave, with temperatures of up to and above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
NOTE: Moscow's latitude is about the same as that of Montreal.
Russia today stands at the brink of a crisis, and there is no relief in sight in the immediate future, as the hottest decade since scientists began taking measurements is being easily beaten by the decade that is now shaping up.
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