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Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia

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A helicopter drops water on an 80 acre spot fire that broke out in Butte County, California on July 10, 2017. More than a dozen wildfires were raging across California July 10, 2017, forcing thousands of residents of the most populous US state to flee their homes. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON

Wildfires rage in California and in British Columbia due to searing temperatures and high winds

LOS ANGELES, USA (Jul. 12, 2017) — More than a dozen wildfires were raging across California on Monday, July 10, forcing thousands of residents of the most populous US state to flee their homes. Continue reading Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia

Canada’s army rolls in after devastating floods

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FLOODED. Homes in the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds are flooded on May 8, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

Some 2,500 homes in Quebec and more than 300 in Ontario have been flooded, and at least 1,500 people have been ordered to evacuate – most of them in the Canadian capital region

PIERREFONDS, Canada (May 9, 2017) — Canada mobilized its army to help thousands of flood victims try to hold back waters and save their homes Monday, May 8 after the worst flood in half a century struck, but authorities were optimistic that rising water levels would soon crest. Continue reading Canada’s army rolls in after devastating floods

More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

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MEANS OF TRANSPORT. Residents in a canoe paddle on the flooded streets in Pierrefonds, Canada on Sunday May 7, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

A combination of torrential rains and runoff from melting snow has caused rivers to overflow their banks from Ottawa to Montreal

MONTREAL, Canada (May 8, 2017) — With heavy rains persisting and waters still rising over much of waterlogged eastern Canada, the nation’s military on Sunday, May 7, tripled the number of troops urgently working to evacuate thousands of residents. Continue reading More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

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A view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh glacier, seen here on the right, away from the Slims river and toward the Kaskawulsh river. Photograph: Dan Shugar/University of Washington Tacoma

First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse

April 17, 2017 — An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. Continue reading Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home

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An aerial view of Lennox Island, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. ‘We’re losing our island,’ said one resident. Photograph: The government of Prince Edward Island

Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now it’s First Nations community wonders if it has a future

January 18, 2017 — His hands tucked tightly in the pockets of his jeans, Gilbert Sark nodded at the ice-covered bay stretched out before him.  Continue reading Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home

Canadian army investigate mysterious ‘pinging’ sound coming from sea floor

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Sea ice in the Northwest Passage near Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. Photograph: Alamy

Hunters in a remote community in the Canadian Arctic are concerned about a beeping sound that’s scaring animals away from a popular hunting area

November 4, 2016 — The Canadian armed forces have sent a crew to investigate reports of a mysterious “pinging” sound that seemed to be coming from the sea floor.  Continue reading Canadian army investigate mysterious ‘pinging’ sound coming from sea floor

PH gov’t to ship garbage back to Canada

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BURDEN. The Philippine government continues to shoulder the costs of keeping 50 container vans of garbage from Canada in its ports. Photo from Change.org

The justice department is set to file a motion for the execution of the June 30 order of Manila RTC Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao Alisuag to ship back the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 7, 2016) — An interagency committee said on Tuesday, September 6, it would implement a local court’s order to ship back to Canada the wastes that were illegally dumped in the Philippines in 2013.  Continue reading PH gov’t to ship garbage back to Canada

Climate change is raising peat fire risk

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The dramatic evacuation of Fort McMurray – peat part-fuelled the inferno (Pic: Chris Schwarz/Gover… http://sumo.ly/lw0u via @ClimateHome

Drying bogs are increasingly flammable, researchers warn, fuelling blazes from Fort McMurray in Canada to southeast Asia

July 9, 2016 —Scientists in Canada have confirmed an unexpected hazard in the world of climate change: the subterranean fire.  Continue reading Climate change is raising peat fire risk

Where are the world’s most fire-prone cities

Images of the devastated Canadian city show just how destructive fire can be to urban populations. But the risk is greatest in informal settlements, where high population density and low-grade construction can be a deadly combination

May 16, 2016 — With patches of lawn on fire in the front yards of his neighbourhood’s suburban homes and flames rising up the trees at the back, Jared Sabovitch frantically got into his car and began driving away from his home in Fort McMurray, Alberta, the Canadian city recently overtaken by wildfires. Continue reading Where are the world’s most fire-prone cities

Canadians drive through burning city seeking safety

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A picture provided by Twitter user @jeromegarot on May 5, 2016 shows a wildfire raging through the town of Fort McMurray, Canada, May 3, 2016. Twitter/@Jeromegarot/EPA

Canadian police lead convoys of cars through the burning ghost town of Fort McMurray in a risky operation to get thousands of people to safety on the other side

WANDERING RIVER, Canada (May 6, 2016) — Canadian police led convoys of cars through the burning ghost town of Fort McMurray Friday, May 6, in a risky operation to get thousands of people to safety on the other side. Continue reading Canadians drive through burning city seeking safety