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Photo: Amid global extreme weather events, Russia's Irkutsk region faces deadly floods
3:16 pm, July 2, 2019
Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, has published satellite images of areas in the Irkutsk region where a state of emergency has been declared due to mass flooding. This photograph was taken on June 29, 2019. Since June 25, more than 6,600 homes have flooded in the region, displacing more than 32,000 people. As of July 2,
have been reported in the flooding, and more than 200 people have been
due primarily to hypothermia. Experts have connected the root causes of concurrent extreme weather events such as
in the Midwestern United States and a
record-breaking heat wave
in Europe to the ongoing
. Russia’s own Environmental Ministry
last year that disastrous environmental events are already taking lives in Russia at an escalating rate. Nonetheless, Russia currently occupies fourth place in global rankings of carbon dioxide emissions, and its government has left that position unchanged while
repressing climate activism
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