2020 was Europe's hottest year on record as Arctic wildfires raged

An aerial view shows the Taiga wood burning near the village of Boguchany, about 560 km (348 miles) northeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 2, 2011. Dry, hot weather, dry thunder storms and human factors influenced the distribution of the fires in Siberia, according to Emergencies Ministry members. Picture taken June 2, 2011. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E7641BIG01

The summer of 2020 saw record-breaking wildfires. Image: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Kate Abnett
Reporter, Reuters
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