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    Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire

    Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire


    Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire, named for...

    Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire, named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it began Monday - grew to nearly 33 square miles (85 square kilometres) by Saturday morning.
    Brazil cuts deforestation emissions below 2020 targets

    Brazil cuts deforestation emissions below 2020 targets


    Brazil reduced its emission from deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 610 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), compared to its 2020 target of 564 million tonnes. In the Cerrado savanna, emissions were reduced 170 million tonnes of carbon dioxide...

    Brazil reduced its emission from deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 610 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), compared to its 2020 target of 564 million tonnes. In the Cerrado savanna, emissions were reduced 170 million tonnes of carbon dioxide versus a target of 104 million tonnes.
    Major Portuguese wildfire defies attempts to halt it

    Major Portuguese wildfire defies attempts to halt it


    The Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday that almost 2,000 firefighters from across Portugal were deployed at the blaze, the highest number yet. They were supported by six aircraft and more than 380...

    The Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday that almost 2,000 firefighters from across Portugal were deployed at the blaze, the highest number yet. They were supported by six aircraft and more than 380 vehicles.
    Heat, winds pose enduring menace to burning Northern California

    Heat, winds pose enduring menace to burning Northern California


    Some areas in Central and Northern California could see 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) and winds of 15 mph (24 kph) with higher gusts that could fan the flames and spread embers, Brian Hurley...

    Some areas in Central and Northern California could see 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) and winds of 15 mph (24 kph) with higher gusts that could fan the flames and spread embers, Brian Hurley said.
    Melted asphalt, shoes for dogs as Europe wilts in heat

    Melted asphalt, shoes for dogs as Europe wilts in heat


    In Monchique in the south, of Portugal, a forest fire raged on two fronts, aided by "a temperature of 46 degrees but a real feel of 50 degrees" and very little humidity in the air, Victor Vaz Pinto, head of rescue operations in the district, told local...

    In Monchique in the south, of Portugal, a forest fire raged on two fronts, aided by "a temperature of 46 degrees but a real feel of 50 degrees" and very little humidity in the air, Victor Vaz Pinto, head of rescue operations in the district, told local media.
    Hot, dusty and on fire: Portugal's heatwave breaks records

    Hot, dusty and on fire: Portugal's heatwave breaks records


    Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the...

    Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.
    Europe deals with heatwave from Portugal to a Finnish supermarket

    Europe deals with heatwave from Portugal to a Finnish supermarket


    Portugal's Civil Protection agency reported 426 firefighters were putting out or checking fire alerts in the north and centre. Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest. Spanish and Portuguese temperatures will remain above 40...

    Portugal's Civil Protection agency reported 426 firefighters were putting out or checking fire alerts in the north and centre. Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest. Spanish and Portuguese temperatures will remain above 40 degrees Celsius at least until Sunday.
    Hot African air brings heatwave, dust to Europe

    Hot African air brings heatwave, dust to Europe


    Forecasts were for a high Thursday of 44 degrees (111 Fahrenheit) in the Portuguese city of Evora, 130 kilometers east of Lisbon, and the Spanish province of Badajoz across the border. Portuguese authorities issued a nationwide health warning, including...

    Forecasts were for a high Thursday of 44 degrees (111 Fahrenheit) in the Portuguese city of Evora, 130 kilometers east of Lisbon, and the Spanish province of Badajoz across the border. Portuguese authorities issued a nationwide health warning, including for dust moving up from the Sahara Desert.
    Degrading plastics emit greenhouse gases: Study

    Degrading plastics emit greenhouse gases: Study


    Greenhouse gases directly influence climate change - affecting sea level, global temperatures, ecosystem health on land and in the ocean, and storms, which increase flooding and drought, said researchers at the University of Hawaii at...

    Greenhouse gases directly influence climate change - affecting sea level, global temperatures, ecosystem health on land and in the ocean, and storms, which increase flooding and drought, said researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    Koalas starve as residents destroy trees to stop bush fires on Australian island

    Koalas starve as residents destroy trees to stop bush fires on Australian island


    Australia is currently experiencing extreme dry weather, although the most intense drought conditions are located further north in the state of New South Wales. In trying to prevent uncontrolled fires, the clearing of land threatens koalas, which mostly...

    Australia is currently experiencing extreme dry weather, although the most intense drought conditions are located further north in the state of New South Wales. In trying to prevent uncontrolled fires, the clearing of land threatens koalas, which mostly survive off a diet of eucalyptus leaves.
    Yamuna at its 'healthiest' this yr due to rise in flood water inflow: Experts

    Yamuna at its 'healthiest' this yr due to rise in flood water inflow: Experts


    "The quality of Yamuna water is at its healthiest state for the first time this year but that is due to the better water flow. Any water that is flowing always has better quality as it has increased oxygen content which washes away the existing...

    "The quality of Yamuna water is at its healthiest state for the first time this year but that is due to the better water flow. Any water that is flowing always has better quality as it has increased oxygen content which washes away the existing pollutants," said Manoj Mishra.
    Heatwaves from the Arctic to Japan: a sign of things to come?

    Heatwaves from the Arctic to Japan: a sign of things to come?


    In Northern Europe the recent heatwave is exceptional, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicts temperatures will continue to beat the seasonal average from Ireland to Scandinavia and the Baltic countries until early...

    In Northern Europe the recent heatwave is exceptional, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicts temperatures will continue to beat the seasonal average from Ireland to Scandinavia and the Baltic countries until early August.
    Ocean acidification may hit unprecedented levels: Study

    Ocean acidification may hit unprecedented levels: Study


    Ocean acidification is likely to hit the levels not seen in the past 14 million years, under a 'business-as-usual' scenario of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Ocean acidification occurs when CO2 from the atmosphere is absorbed by seawater, resulting in...

    Ocean acidification is likely to hit the levels not seen in the past 14 million years, under a 'business-as-usual' scenario of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Ocean acidification occurs when CO2 from the atmosphere is absorbed by seawater, resulting in more acidic water with a lower pH, said researchers.