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07 08 2022 | 08:32

Statement by Inger Andersen on wildfires across Europe, North America and other parts of the world

While wildfires are a normal and even essential process in nature, there is nothing normal or natural about the blazes we are seeing raging across Europe, North America and other parts of the world.

07 08 2022 | 08:15

Humanity can’t equivocate any longer. This is a climate emergency

We are declaring a climate emergency. Everyone can, in whatever place on Earth they call home. No one needs to wait for politicians any more – we have been waiting for them for decades. What history…

28 07 2022 | 19:59

Heatwave: Are wildfires happening more often?

Thousands of people have had to flee wildfires in France, Portugal and Spain. Fires are also burning in Alaska, north of the Arctic circle, and across northern Canada, and it's not long since smoke…

19 07 2022 | 12:34

Thousands evacuated as heat causes wildfires in Europe and north Africa

Thousands of people in Portugal, Spain, France and Morocco have been evacuated from their homes as firefighters tackle wildfires caused by this week’s heatwave, which has brought extreme temperatures…

05 07 2022 | 06:54

Climate change is driving 2022 extreme heat and flooding

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Extreme weather events – from scorching heatwaves to unusually heavy downpours – have caused widespread upheaval across the globe this year, with thousands of people…

22 06 2022 | 11:59

‘Compound extremes’: why a cocktail of natural disasters is battering the US

As world heats up, ‘historic’ weather events will increase and overlap, testing the limits of nation’s resiliency and recovery

10 05 2022 | 07:19

Wildfire smoke in Pacific north-west erasing reductions in emissions – study

The billowing black smoke that has cloaked the US Pacific north-west during wildfire disasters in past years has caused atmospheric carbon monoxide levels to spike, with the contaminants offsetting…

23 11 2021 | 15:27

US wildfires have killed nearly 20% of world’s giant sequoias in two years

Blazes in western US have hit thousands of Earth’s largest trees, once considered almost fire-proof Lightning-sparked wildfires killed thousands of giant sequoias this year, adding to a staggering…

14 11 2021 | 08:57

‘Nothing left to burn’: wildfires and floods could turn the tide on Turkey’s climate policy

Can a government addicted to concrete and profit turn around an appalling environmental record?

04 11 2021 | 14:37

Greeks fear megafires could be new normal for Med

World leaders at the COP26 summit in Glasgow are under pressure to respond to global warming, and intense heatwaves and frequent forest fires are becoming an increasing threat around the…

01 10 2021 | 13:22

‘The world is burning’: how Australia’s longest-serving fire chief became a climate champion

Greg Mullins says after the ‘black summer’ bushfires it is time for politicians to act on global heating. The year 2019 was Australia’s hottest and driest on record. By 2040, those conditions –…

24 09 2021 | 14:30

Summer Wildfires Emitted More Carbon Dioxide Than India Does in a Year

Wildfires around the world set records for carbon dioxide emissions in July and August, topping India's annual emissions. The world set a scary new record last month: Wildfires 

19 09 2021 | 09:20

Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region's cork industry

JENDOUBA, Tunisia, Sept 14 (Reuters) - For cork collector Khaled Warhani, the wildfires that devastated part of northern Tunisia's lush woodland this summer were a warning of how the changing climate…

16 09 2021 | 12:52

Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even create thunderstorms that lead to catastrophic flooding – here’s how it works

Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year, leaving changed landscapes that are prone to flooding. Less well known is that these already vulnerable regions can also intensify and in some…

10 09 2021 | 15:09

Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, leading to catastrophic flooding – here’s how

Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year, leaving changed landscapes that are prone to flooding. Less well known is that these already vulnerable regions can also intensify and in some…

09 09 2021 | 14:23

Why are the wildfires in Greece and Turkey so severe?

‘Nightmarish summer’ in southern Europe coincides with publication of devastating new UN climate report.

07 09 2021 | 16:28

Bushfire survivors win landmark climate change case against NSW EPA

In a landmark ruling and a win for a bushfire survivors group, the Land and Environment Court has ordered the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to take steps to safeguard…

03 09 2021 | 14:23

Record-breaking drought in Chile is vision of the climate crisis

While Chile has been going through a drought for the past decade, July was particularly dry Andres Couve, the science minister of Chile, has said addressing the climate crisis is a “national…

03 09 2021 | 13:06

‘Abolish these companies, get rid of them’: what would it take to break up big oil?

Communities on the frontline of the climate crisis say radical solutions must be on the table – before it’s too late Ayisha Siddiqa doesn’t want fossil fuel companies to determine her future anymore…