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Politics 25-07-2018

Greece in mourning as horrifying wildfires kill at least 74

Greece was in mourning on Tuesday (24 July) following some of the worst wildfires this century, with fears the toll -- at least 74 dead and 187 injured so far -- could rise, as rescuers search for people trapped in their homes or burned-out cars.
Climate change 24-07-2018

Greece seeks help from EU allies to tackle raging fires

Greece has appealed for help from other countries to help tackle a spate of fires which were raging uncontrolled in the country on Monday (23 July), its fire brigade said.

EU’s hero firefighters head north to fight blazes

The European Union has successfully coordinated a mass effort to fight the wildfires raging in the Arctic Circle, dispatching planes and firefighters in what has been dubbed "solidarity in action".
Agrifood 25-01-2018

Ecosystem services of EU forests

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Forests cover 40% of Europe’s territory and provide a multitude of ecosystem services that contribute to the health of the environment and human wellbeing.

Juncker to re-organise civil protection assistance after Portugal’s fires

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday (30 October) that the EU was mulling "re-organising" the civil protection assistance in Europe following the deadly forest fires in Portugal.

Forest fires hit five-year record in Spain

Fires in Spain burnt 75,026 hectares of forest land in the current year, topping European charts for loss of land to fires. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

France’s Hulot calls for ‘European civil protection force’ to counter forest fires

Europe needs a “civil security force” to tackle wildfires, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said during a visit to the Corsican town of Palneca on Thursday (17 August), after 170 hectares of the island went up in smoke earlier this month. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled on Thursday (17 August) to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

Greece seeks EU help as wildfires rage

Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day yesterday (15 August) as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading.
Global Europe 19-06-2017

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 61 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said on Sunday (18 June), in the country's worst such disaster in recent history.
Climate change 10-03-2017

Climate change to hit Mediterranean with more forest fires

Climate change means the risk of forest fires will skyrocket in Mediterranean Europe in the coming decades, according to a new study. Existing fire prevention measures will be inadequate, so a change of strategy will be needed. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 13-02-2017

EU firefighters hailed as heroes in Chile

Chile has thanked 180 firefighters from Spain, France and Portugal for their help in tackling fires that have swept across the South American country, after an EU scheme allowed their assistance to be requested by Santiago. Euractiv Spain reports.
Kalimantan deforestation
Climate change 17-12-2015

Financiers fanning the flames of Indonesia’s forest fires

After the COP21 talks in Paris, many eyes are again focusing on the role that companies and financiers can play in reducing climate change, writes Anne van Schaik.
Climate change 24-08-2012

Budget cuts leave Spanish fire crews high and dry

Austerity measures imposed by Spain’s central and regional governments have left fire brigades short-handed as they battle some of the worst forest fires in years, according to a conservationist and news reports from the parched country.
Climate change 06-01-2011

Commission under budget ‘pressure’ as natural disasters spike

A dramatic increase in the number of natural disasters last year has sparked calls for more funding, cooperation and cost-efficiency from European Commission services.