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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

A closer look at China’s stalled carbon emissions

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Aerial view of Beijing with historical architecture, China. Credit: rabbit75_ist/iStock/Getty Images Plus

This is a guest post by Dr Jan Ivar Korsbakken and Dr Glen Peters, who are both senior researchers in climate economics at CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Norway

March 1, 2017 — Chinese coal consumption dropped for the third year in a row in 2016, while CO2 emissions grew only slightly. But uncertainty is high and the longer-term trend is still unclear. Continue reading A closer look at China’s stalled carbon emissions

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’

Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution

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Farmer Pak Dahlan walks through an oil palm plantation in Dosan, Sumatra. The village has made a concerted effort to tackle the forest fires which ravage the region every year. Photograph: Laura Villadiego

The small village of Dosan has not recorded a single fire since 2012, despite being surrounded by palm oil plantations

September 14, 2016 — Fires have returned once again to the forests and peatlands of Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The annual environmental disaster devastates millions of hectares Continue reading Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution

Indonesia vows ‘war’ after haze investigators held

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The incident, which saw 7 investigators held by a 100-strong gang allegedly hired by a palm oil company, highlights the difficulty faced in tackling the raging blazes that cloak Southeast Asia with haze every year

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Sept. 7, 2016) — Indonesia vowed on Wednesday, September 7 to “wage war” against illegal land burning after officials were detained and faced death threats from a mob allegedly trying to stop them investigating smog-belching fires.  Continue reading Indonesia vows ‘war’ after haze investigators held

1,400 flee wildfire on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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BURNING. Firefighters fight a wildfire next to a residential area along the coastline near the Spanish resort of Javea, Valencia region, on September 5, 2016. Manuel Lorenzo/AFP

The blaze which broke out on Sunday, September 4 near the Mediterranean resort of Javea, destroyed 320 hectares (790 acres) of land and several buildings, local emergency services say

MADRID, Spain (Sept. 6, 2016) — Some 1,400 people were evacuated after a wildfire fueled by intense heat roared through brush surrounding a popular tourist resort on Spain’s Costa Blanca, officials said Monday, September 5.  Continue reading 1,400 flee wildfire on Spain’s Costa Blanca

The carbon counters, tracking emissions in a post-Paris world

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organizations are using online courses to train a new breed of green accountants capable of the complex task
As the Paris climate deal requires developing countries to monitor their emissions, organizations are using online courses to train a new breed of green accountants capable of the complex task

March 9, 2016 — Michael Gillenwater is so tired he is mixing up his words, worn out from weeks of conference calls with the United Nations, the German government, and more. “I’m exhausted,” he Continue reading The carbon counters, tracking emissions in a post-Paris world