The recent forest fires erupted in Greece Russia and Sweden signal the growing risk for European forests due to climate change. From the Mediterranean to the Arctic, fires are becoming more intense and devastating. Here are the worst records of the last decade:
Russia in 2015
In April 2015, huge fires that started in the Khakassia region of southeastern Siberia killed 34 people as well as hundreds of cattle and thousands of sheep. The blaze, which spread as far as Mongolia and practically up to the Chinese border, also destroyed 2,000 homes and 10,000 square kilometres of land. Five years earlier, vast swathes of western Russia were ravaged by fires for weeks during an unprecedented heatwave and drought. The blazes between July and August 2010 tore through 10,000 square kilometres of forest, bogs and brushwood, burning entire villages. Some of the fires came dangerously close to Russia's top nuclear research centre in Sarov.
Greece in 2007