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Вибух у хімічному парку в Німеччині: жителів попередили про «надзвичайну загрозу»

Наразі невідомо, що стало причиною вибуху

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Pakistani, 19, Becomes Youngest Person to Summit K2

A 19-year-old Pakistani has become the youngest person to summit K2, the world’s second highest mountain, the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Tuesday.  

Shehroze Kashif reached the 8,611-meter (28,251 foot) summit at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Kashif, who began climbing in his early teens, scaled the world’s 12th highest mountain, 8,047-meter (26,400 foot) Broad Peak, at the age of 17. In May, he became the youngest Pakistani to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.  

Several of Pakistan’s youngest climbers have been on K2 in recent days. Sajid Ali Sadpara, who in 2019 became the youngest to climb K2 at the age of 20, is part of an expedition there to find the body of his father, who went missing along with two other climbers in February.

On Monday, sherpas affixing ropes for climbers about 300 meters below an obstacle known as the Bottleneck discovered the bodies of Muhammad Ali Sadpara of Pakistan, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr. The same day, Samina Baig, 30, said she was abandoning an attempt to summit the mountain because of dangerous conditions. Baig became the youngest Pakistani woman to scale Mount Everest in 2013.

On Sunday night the body of Scottish climber, Rick Allen, 68, was recovered after he was swept away by an avalanche while attempting to traverse a new route on K2’s southeastern face.

Earlier this month, Kim Hong-bin, 57, a South Korean Paralympian, went missing after falling from the nearby Broad Peak.

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Volunteers Pitch in to Fight Russia’s Raging Forest Fires

The little domed tents of the volunteer firefighters in the clearing of a Siberian forest can be hard to see — even from only a few steps away — because of the choking smoke. Their shovels and saws seem to be tiny tools against the vast blaze, like toy weapons brought to a war.

As of Monday, about 1.88 million hectares (4.6 million acres) of forest were burning in Russia — an area larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut.  

More than 5,000 regular firefighters are involved, but the scale is so large and the area is so enormous that 55% of the fires aren’t being fought at all, according to Avialesookhrana, the agency that oversees the effort.

That means the volunteers, who take time off work and rely on their own money or nongovernmental funds, are a small but important addition to the overwhelmed forces.

“The guys (volunteers) are doing a great job. Their help is significant because the area and distances are quite large, so the more people there are, the more effective our efforts are to control the fires,” said Denis Markov, an instructor at a base for paratrooper firefighters in Tomsk, who is working with some of the volunteers.

The hardest hit area is the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, in the far northeast of Russia, about 5,000 kilometers (3,200 miles) from Moscow. About 85% of all of Russia’s fires are in the republic, and heavy smoke forced a temporary closure of the airport in the regional capital, Yakutsk, a city of about 280,000 people.

As the smoke intensified, Ivan Nikiforov took a leave from his office job in the city — not to escape the bad air but to head into the fires as a volunteer.

“I think it’s important to participate as a volunteer because our republic, our shared land and our forests are burning. This is what we’ll be leaving for our children and our grandchildren,” he said at his group’s encampment in the Gorny Ulus area west of Yakutsk.

Nikiforov and a small contingent of other volunteers dig trenches, chop down trees and set small, controlled fires to try to block the spread.

Volunteers in the area received some support from the nongovernmental agency Sinet-Spark, which provided sleeping bags, gloves and heavy equipment. Alexandra Kozulina, the group’s director of projects, said Sinet-Spark initially had planned to spend its money on information campaigns but decided to provide equipment as the fires worsened.

“I also believe our government should be doing this. I don’t understand why it isn’t happening — whether there isn’t enough money because budgets were cut, or some other reason, but we are doing what is in our power,” she said.

The main problem, many observers say, is that the size of the aerial forest protection agency has been reduced, along with the number of rangers.

“I can personally remember how each district had a branch of Avialesookhrana with 15-20 paratroopers. They constantly made observation flights and put out fires as soon as they started,” said Fedot Tumusov, a member of the Russian parliament from Sakha.  

The 2007 changes that reduced the number of rangers also gave control over timberlands to regional authorities and businesses, eroding centralized monitoring, fueling corruption and contributing to illegal tree-cutting practices that help spawn fires.

Critics also say the law allows authorities to let fires burn in certain areas if the potential damage is considered not worth the cost of containing them. They say this encourages inaction by authorities and slows firefighting efforts, so a blaze that could have been extinguished at a relatively small cost is often allowed to burn uncontrolled.

This year’s fires in Siberia already have emitted more carbon than those in some previous years, according to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

He said the peat fires that are common in Siberia and many other Russian regions are particularly harmful in terms of emissions because the peat has been absorbing carbon for tens of thousands of years.

“Then it’s releasing all that carbon back into the atmosphere,” Parrington said.  

While pledging adherence to the Paris agreement on climate change, Russian officials often underline the key role played by the country’s forests in slowing down global warming. However, regular fires have the opposite effect, dramatically boosting carbon emissions.

“Everyone emphasizes that we have huge forests, but no one so far has calculated how much our forest fires contribute to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mikhail Kreindlin of Greenpeace Russia.  

It’s too early to tell whether this year’s fires will reach a record-breaking scale, Kreindlin says, noting that the situation in Siberia has been particularly difficult for the past three years. What sets 2021 apart is that Karelia — a small region in northwestern Russia on the border with Finland — also has been engulfed by devastating, unprecedented fires.

As of Monday, Karelia was among the top three regions affected by the fires, according to Avialesookhrana, with 22 of them still active on more than 11,000 hectares (27,180 acres).  

“The fact that Karelia got ablaze so unexpectedly — there were fires there before, but there hasn’t been such massive fires there in many years — shows that in general the situation with the fires in the country is extremely difficult and poorly controlled,” Kreindlin said.

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Головне на ранок: в України – третя медаль на Олімпіаді, Кравчук у реанімації, Семенченко знову під вартою

Також українську тріатлоністку Юлію Єлістратову відсторонили від участі в Олімпійських іграх, а в Росії втретє горить ділянка магістрального газопроводу

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Заява Мамедова про звільнення поки не надходила – Офіс генпрокурора

26 липня стало відомо, що Мамедов збирається написати заяву про звільнення за власним бажанням

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Представники сербів бойкотуватимуть всі органи Боснії і Герцеговини

Боснійські серби планують запровадити покарання для всіх, хто називатиме сербів «народом геноциду»

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«Наша Нiва»: в Білорусі зник диспетчер, який садив літак із Протасевичем

Олег Галегов працював у «Белаеронавігації» щонайменше з 2010 року

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Леонід Кравчук майже місяць перебуває в реанімації після операції на серці – речниця

Про проблеми зі здоров’ям у Леоніда Кравчука і про те, що він переніс операцію на серці, стало відомо наприкінці червня

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Президент США обіцяє завершити бойову місію в Іраці до кінця року

Контртерористична операція, спільна з владою Іраку, буде тривати і після виведення бойових частин

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У Росії вибухнув і спалахнув магістральний газопровід «Газпрому»

Це вже третій за останні місяці прорив магістральних газопроводів «Газпрому», що ведуть із родовищ в Уренгої

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Звільнення в керівництві СБУ: все для «системної трансформації», каже Зеленський

Зокрема, таки звільнений із посади першого заступника голови СБУ Руслан Баранецький, про що в офісі президента то повідомляли, то заперечували ще 23 липня

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Вітренко: Росія продовжує використовувати газ як геополітичну зброю проти України і ЄС

Доказом, вважає він, є заява «Газпрому», що продовження транзиту через Україну ставиться в залежність від придбання ЄС додаткових обсягів газу за новими контрактами

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ООН закликає до спокою в Тунісі на тлі протестів після відсторонення голови уряду

26 липня біля парламенту Тунісу спалахнули сутички між тими, хто підтримує дії президента Саїда, та прихильниками ісламістської партії «Ен-Нахда», яка має більшість у парламенті

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На МКС звільнили місце для прийому російського модуля «Наука»

Розстикування і відведення з орбіти зв’язки двох апаратів, стикувального модуля «Пірс» і вантажного корабля «Прогрес», розпочалося близько 14:00

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