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Agrifood 10-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Into the woods

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Climate change 30-08-2021

Turkey’s 2021 wildfires are part of a wider environmental failure

Wildfires have occurred in Turkey for thousands of years, but the amount of land destroyed increased significantly in 2021, an embarrassing situation for the government which decided to impose penalties on media outlets that did not appear sympathetic to its position, writes Alexandra de Cramer.
Climate change 23-08-2021

Greece plans to name heatwaves in the same way as storms

Personalising the ‘silent killer’ hot spells could raise awareness in time to avert loss of life and property, say scientists. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 18-08-2021

Campsites evacuated as France battles wildfire near Saint-Tropez

French firefighters hampered by strong winds were battling to contain a wildfire in the hills behind the coastal town of Saint-Tropez on Tuesday (17 August) as campsites packed with holidaymakers were evacuated.
Climate change 13-08-2021

Greece appoints new minister to handle wildfire aftermath

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday appointed a new minister in charge of recovery from natural disasters in a bid to defuse growing anger over the struggle to curb wildfires that have charred thousands of hectares of forest.
Climate change 13-08-2021

Algeria combats wildfires, observes day of mourning

Blazes raged across northern Algeria on Thursday (12 August) as the country observed a national day of mourning for dozens of people killed in the latest wildfires to sweep the Mediterranean.
Climate change 10-08-2021

PM apologises as Greece counts costs of wildfire catastrophe

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologised on Monday (9 August) for failures in tackling the devastating wildfires that have burned across Greece for the past week as the country counted the cost in lost homes and livelihoods.
Climate change 09-08-2021

EU countries boost fire-fighting help to Greece

EU countries are stepping up their help to Greece to fight forest fires devastating its mainland and some islands, the European Commission said on Monday as it coordinated the assistance.
Climate change 09-08-2021

Blaze ravages Evia island ‘like a horror movie’ on sixth day of Greek fires

Thousands of people have fled their homes on the Greek island of Evia as wildfires burned uncontrolled for a sixth day on Sunday (8 August), and ferries were on standby for more evacuations after taking many to safety by sea.
Climate change 05-08-2021

Human action blamed for most of Italy’s summer fires

More than 70 percent of fires that have swept Italy this summer are caused by human action, aided by climate change, a government minister said Thursday.
Climate change 04-08-2021

EU sends help to fight fires in Greece, Italy

Fire-fighting resources from EU nations are on their way to Greece, Italy, Albania and Northern Macedonia to help fight forest blazes, the EU crisis management commissioner said on Wednesday.
Climate change 04-08-2021

Turkey saves power plant from ‘unprecedented’ wildfires

Rescuers used helicopters and water cannon Wednesday to beat back fires encircling a Turkish power plant in the second week of deadly blazes testing the leadership of President Recept Tayyip Erdogan.
Climate change 04-08-2021

Athens suburbs brace for night inferno as blaze burns homes

A wildfire raged uncontrolled north of Athens on Tuesday (3 August), burning homes and forcing authorities to order more evacuations as they grappled with 81 forest fires during Greece's worst heatwave in over 30 years.
Climate change 02-08-2021

EU sends help to Turkey as wildfire toll reaches eight

The European Union sent help to Turkey on Monday and volunteers joined firefighters in battling a week of violent blazes that have killed eight people and put pressure on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Global Europe 02-08-2021

Turkey wildfires death toll rises to eight

The death toll from wildfires in southern Turkey rose to eight following the discovery of two bodies on Sunday (1 August), officials said, as more people including tourists were evacuated to safety.
Climate change 27-07-2021

Southern Europe battles wildfires as north cleans up after floods

Wildfires burned in regions across southern Europe on Monday (26 July), fuelled by hot weather and strong winds, as some northern countries cleaned up after a weekend of torrential rain and flooding.
Climate change 08-07-2021

North America heat wave ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change: study

A record-breaking heat wave that hit the western United States and Canada at the end of June would have been "virtually impossible" without human-caused climate change, according to an analysis by a group of leading climate scientists.
Climate change 15-05-2019

Europe’s 2019 wildfires already exceed last year’s blazes

Wildfires have burned more land in Europe in the first part of 2019 than in the whole of 2018, according to data by the European Union’s joint research centre (JRC).
Climate change 28-09-2018

EU mustn’t double down on broken farming

As it becomes increasingly evident that Europe’s farming must change, the European Union is in danger of doubling down on a broken system, warns Marco Contiero.
Health 08-08-2018

WHO warns about health risks of wildfires and dry summer in Europe

Europe’s wildfires combined with the extreme warm weather can pose additional health risks to people living in affected areas, the World Health Organisation has warned.
Elections 31-07-2018

Greek opposition hits at Tsipras over wildfires: ‘How do you sleep?’

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused the opposition today (31 July) of exploiting one of the country’s worst ever natural disasters for saying ministers should resign over the deaths of at least 91 people in a fire.

Greek PM Tsipras faces fierce criticism over handling of wildfires disaster

Greece this weekend buried the victims of a devastating wildfire near Athens which killed at least 91 people, and has prompted criticism of the government's handling of the disaster.
Politics 27-07-2018

We suspect arson, Greek minister says of wildfire

Greece said on Thursday (26 July) it suspected arson was behind a devastating forest fire which killed at least 83 people and turned the small town of Mati east of Athens into a wasteland of death and destruction.
Politics 26-07-2018

Public anger grows in Greece over wildfires, death toll at 81 and counting

At least 81 people have died in huge wildfires around Athens, Greek authorities said on Wednesday (25 July), as rescuers scoured scorched homes and burned-out cars for survivors of one of the world's deadliest fire outbreaks.