A Chinese city of 3.8 million people closed schools and was trucking in drinking water Wednesday after shutting down its water system following a chemical plant explosion that officials said polluted a nearby river with toxic benzene. The announcement of the shutdown in Harbin in China's northeast set off panicked buying this week of bottled water, milk and soft drinks that left supermarket shelves bare
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Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land