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Greece and California fight fierce wildfires

Greece fought four major wildfires yesterday, forcing hundreds to evacuate due to rising temperatures and rising fears of increasing flames in Spain.
Meanwhile, the United States was fed up with the scorching heat already set to exceed record temperatures, exacerbating an uncontrollable wildfire in Central California.
Scientists say that anthropogenic climate change is amplifying extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts and floods that have been seen in some parts of the globe in recent weeks, and these events are more frequent. , Says it will be more intense.
The international community agrees that climate change poses a threat to the human system and nature.
The average global temperature has risen just above 1.1 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) since the industrial era, and the United Nations says it is now on track to warm about 2.7 degrees Celsius during this century.
Greece is on the verge of a heat wave that begins on Saturday and is expected to last for 10 days. In some areas the temperature was set to rise to 42 ° C.
The fire raged in the northern, eastern and southern parts of the country. On the tourist island of Lesbos, about 200 people were ordered yesterday to leave the village of Vryssa to escape the flames.
Elderly women left the village with some possessions in plastic bags as heavy smoke swallowed the first house.
On Saturday, residents and tourists were told to leave the island’s beach village of Battera.
In the northeastern part of Ebros, hundreds of firefighters fought a four-day wildfire in Dadia National Park, known for its black vulture colony.
Evros Governor Dimitris Petrovitz told the Athens news agency that authorities are doing everything they can to protect locals and treat injured wildlife.
In the south, a fire on the Peloponnese evacuated three villages and a summer camp for children, and on Crete, a fire raged in a valley.
In Spain, a two-week heat wave was expected to generate record temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius in southern Cordoba.
The World Health Organization said on Friday that the heat wave in Europe “caused more than 1,700 unnecessary deaths in Spain and Portugal alone.”
In the United States, where President Joe Biden warned this week that climate change is a “clear and current danger,” California’s tinderbox condition ignited on Friday near Yosemite National Park and its giant Sequoia tree. I did.
According to the California Forest Fire Department, the fire, described by authorities as “explosive,” spread to 250-4,800 hectares within 24 hours and consumed more than 5,750 hectares by early Sunday.
Evidence of global warming could be found elsewhere in the country where 85 million people in more than 12 states were advised on weekend heat.
From Boston to Philadelphia to Washington, there were thermal emergencies in cities above and below the northeast coast.
In France, the government announced yesterday that it would introduce rules to curb energy waste. This unnecessarily increases greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
The shop was ordered to keep the doors closed when the air conditioning was on, or Energy Transformation Minister Agnes Pannier Lunachar told RMC Radio.
Leaving the door open when the air conditioner is on “has increased consumption by 20% … it’s ridiculous,” she said.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/721620/Greece-and-California-battle-fierce-wildfires Greece and California fight fierce wildfires

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