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Russia forest fires leave 'green deserts'

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Russia forest fires leave 'green deserts'

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Russian ecologists say devastating forest fires that have ravaged vast areas of Siberia have ruined the region’s ecosystem.

The authorities argue their claims are exaggerated and blame the hottest summer for 40 years.

Greenpeace blames cuts to forestry management.

Thick smoke has smothered several cities and forced airports to close.