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| Peru floods kill 67 and spark criticism of country's climate change preparedness

Added: 26.03.2017 5:10 | 4 views | 0 comments


Devastating downpour, caused by high ocean temperatures, could not have been predicted, president said, months after state of emergency declared for wildfires
Sixty-seven people have been killed and thousands more forced to evacuate by intense rains which damaged 115,000 homes and destroyed more than 100 bridges in Peru’s worst floods in recent memory.
“We are confronting a serious climatic problem,” said Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in a broadcast to the nation on Friday afternoon. “There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998.”

| Did Pinochet-era deregulation cause Chile's worst-ever wildfires?

Added: 26.03.2017 5:10 | 4 views | 0 comments


After the fires killed 11 and devastated vast swaths of land in January many are asking if subsidised timber plantations are to blame
The smoke has almost cleared, the blazes that raged over half a million hectares of forests, bush and grassland mostly extinguished, but the air is still thick with recriminations against Chile’s eucalyptus and pine plantation owners who are accused of putting profits before safety.
Following , activists are asking whether the unregulated expansion of the forestry industry under the dictator will lead to more problems in a future that is likely to be hotter and drier as a result of climate change.


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McCain says he's concerned about wildfires, forest thinning

Added: 25.03.2017 10:11 | 19 views | 0 comments


PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain on Friday said he was concerned about the slow pace of wildfire prevention efforts in Arizona.
The Arizona Republican wrote in a letter to the U.S. Forest Service head that he was concerned about one contractor in particular that had only thinned a ...

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| Wildfires raging near LA are ‘0% contained’, say authorities

Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 3 views | 0 comments


A searing heatwave and rugged terrain have hindered burning out of control in the Angeles national forest
Two are burning out of control on the outskirts of Los Angeles, forcing hundreds of families to flee and the police to deploy to deter potential looting.
A searing heatwave and rugged terrain hindered efforts to tackle the blazes which grew overnight and raged on Tuesday in Duarte and Azusa, towns in the Angeles national forest east of LA.

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| California wildfires: teams battle flames on outskirts of Los Angeles

Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 4 views | 0 comments


Emergency empties 770 homes in foothill city of Duarte, while blaze near San Diego continues to pose threat but Santa Barbara mountain fire is pegged back
Wildfires have forced new evacuations of hundreds of homes in California, with firefighters beating back blazes looming over suburban Los Angeles.
In the LA area firefighters late on Tuesday said they had stopped the progress of two adjacent fires in the San Gabriel mountains 20 miles north-east of downtown.

| Share your photos and experiences of California's Blue Cut wildfire

Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 1 views | 0 comments


If you have been affected by wildfires in California, and it’s safe to do so, we’d like you to share your story with us
As tens of thousands of people are from their homes and of the scale of the wildfires ripping through California, destroying homes and communities, we want to hear what the situation is where you are.

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| Blue Cut wildfire creates wall of flames through California canyon – aerial video

Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 3 views | 0 comments


Wildfires rages through the Cajon Pass in southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The Blue Cut fire flared 60 miles east of LA on Tuesday and swiftly scorched 9,000 acres. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino county on Tuesday

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    | As climate change worsens wildfires, smokejumpers fight blazes from the sky

    Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 0 views | 0 comments


    Drier winters, warmer springs and hotter summers make wildfires even wilder. These elite firefighters extinguish small fires before they grow into monsters
    The alarm sounded and in a blink the base thrummed with activity. Smokejumpers grabbed helmets, donned kevlar suits, tested radios and strapped on parachutes. A speaker blasted Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.
    “Final checks, OK, let’s go,” boomed a command. Within minutes eight smokejumpers were airborne in a Twin Otter, climbing into a blue Idaho sky. The plane soon returned, empty, to pick up another eight jumpers.
    You face something new every time you go out of the plane. It’s up to you to figure it out

    Ashley Taylor, polevaulter-turned Smokejumper. Hauls 110lb+ pack through burning wilderness. Loves her job.
    If you’re scared, you’re doing something wrong. I haven’t been scared in a fire since a long time ago

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    | The elite firefighters who tackle wildfires from the sky – video

    Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 0 views | 0 comments


    Smokejumpers are elite firefighters tasked with fighting wildfires. Their job is to parachute into the area, hike to the blaze and put it out. But their jobs are getting harder because of climate change. Some 10.1m acres burned in the US last year, double the typical losses seen 30 years ago

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    | Madeira wildfires tear through homes – video

    Added: 24.03.2017 11:11 | 0 views | 0 comments


    Fire rages through homes in Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. Three people have died and more than 1,000 were evacuated on Tuesday and Wednesday after wildfires reached the city. Officials say the fires have destroyed about 40 homes and a five-star hotel

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