Peat bog fires pollute air in Moscow

22:52, July 28, 2010      

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A church is pictured in Russian capital Moscow July 27, 2010. Moscow was covered in smog from forest and peat fires triggered by abnormal high temperatures. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)

Harmful substances concentration in Moscow air was 10 times higher than the average level following a wave of heat-related peat bog fires, reported state environmental monitoring institution Mosekomonitoring Wednesday.

The abnormal temperatures have engulfed central Russia since mid-June, with dozens of temperature records being beaten. The ongoing heat triggered the peat bog fires, enclosing Moscow in a dense smoke.

Doctors strongly recommended Moscow residents to use masks while outside.

"Ecological situation is unfavorable in Moscow. In comparison with the previous night we can see the double increase of carbon oxide concentrations," said an environmentalist, quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.

Despite the allegations of fire extinguish, the peat smoke is spreading all over Moscow.

July is considered the hottest month in 130 years in Russia.

Source: Xinhua


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