The renowned meteorologist, Jeff Masters is struck by the extent of the heat wave in Russia, the soil aridity and massive fires afflicting that land. He writes that it is “One of the most remarkable weather events of my lifetime.”
As Joe Romm writes, the drying of the soil is one of the major predictions of global warming which he calls the “Dust-Bowl-ification” of major sections of the world. The result of the record heat wave in Russia is higher wheat costs throughout the world and possible radioactive contamination as the area around Chernobyl is burned. Along with the massive floods in Pakistan, the horrific fires in Russis are events which indicate we are well on our way to creating the inhospitable climate predicted by the climate scientists.