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Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

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SEARCHING FOR COOLER AIR. A notice board reading “fans and air conditioners are out of stock”, is displayed on a shelf of a shopping center in Lormont, on June 20, 2017. Photo by Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

As the northern hemisphere marks the summer solstice, the mercury hovers around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) across oven-like swathes of Europe, including Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and even alpine Switzerland

PARIS, France (Jun. 21, 2017) — Europe sizzled under a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, June 21, with London bracing for Britain’s hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal struggled to stamp out deadly forest fires. Continue reading Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

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‘For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,’ says the lead researcher behind the new study. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Study shows risks have climbed steadily since 1980, and the number of people in danger will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced

June 19, 2017 — Nearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it Continue reading A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

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CHARRED. A policeman walks on a road past burnt cars after a wildfire in Figueiro dos Vinhos on June 18, 2017. Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Portugal’s national route 236 is transformed into a road of hell as raging wildfires ripped through the wooded countryside

FIGUEIRÓ DOS VINHOS, Portugal – Trapped in his car by the raging wildfires that killed around 60 people in Portugal, Luis Prior managed to save his life by rushing head-on through the flames. Continue reading Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

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FOREST ABLAZE. A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Many of the fatalities were burnt to death in their cars, the government says

PEDRÓGÃO GRANDE, Portugal (Jun. 18, 2017) — Raging forest fires in Portugal have killed more than 60 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, June 18, in the country’s worst such disaster in recent history. Continue reading Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Chile farmers fight forest fire ‘catastrophe’

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Picture taken during a forest fire in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017.
The Chilean government declared a state of emergency in several central areas due to forest fires that have destroyed more than 140,000 hectares of woods so far. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

Flames have destroyed 155,000 hectares (600 square miles) of land in the center of the country and at least 4,000 people have been evacuated

LITUECHE, Chile (Jan. 25, 2017) — Chile’s president ordered extra funds Tuesday, January 24, to be spent on fighting the country’s worst forest fires ever, as frantic locals called for help to save their homes, animals and farmland. Continue reading Chile farmers fight forest fire ‘catastrophe’