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More Siberia Wildfires May Lead to More Damage in Japan: Study

More Siberia Wildfires May Lead to More Damage in Japan: Study

   Tokyo, June 13 (Jiji Press)--A sharp increase in wildfires in Russia's Siberia region may cause a substantial number of deaths in Japan and China from air pollution, as well as hefty economic losses in the two neighboring countries, according to a simulation run by a Japanese team of researchers.
   Due to its dry continental climate, Siberia experiences wildfires almost every year, releasing fine particulate pollutants such as PM2.5 in a wide area.
   No other researchers had run calculations on the impact of such fires on people's health and the economy.
   The Japanese team, including Teppei Yasunari, an associate professor at Hokkaido University, ran a simulation for scenarios such as one that the number of wildfires in Siberia had doubled from 2003, when the amount of wildfire pollutants was the highest in recent years.
   The team analyzed the expected impact the wildfires would have on the climate, air pollution and people's health.

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