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Australia lost about 30% of its koala population over the past three years

Australia lost about 30% of its koalas over the past three years, with the marsupials hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees, the Australian Koala Foundation said on Tuesday. The independent non-profit group estimated the koala population has dropped to less than 58,000 this year from more than 80,000 in 2018, with the […]

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California Wildfires: Firefighters wrap fire-resistant blankets around world-famous Sequoia trees

Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California’s world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world’s biggest trees, within hours. The forest is home to around 2,000 sequoia trees, including the 275 foot General Sherman Tree, believed to […]

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Wildfires threaten world’s tallest trees at California’s Sequoia National Park

Wildfires burning in California’s parched Sierra Nevada mountains have forced the closure of much of Sequoia National Park including its most treasured areas, home to some of the largest trees on Earth. While firefighters are “aggressively attacking” the fires to help suppress them, the blazes have the potential to affect the park’s infrastructure and resources, […]

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Caldor Fire prompts evacuation orders around California’s Lake Tahoe region

The Caldor Fire raging in Northern California has prompted evacuation orders and warnings in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Sunday night after conditions resulted in rapid spread. The patients at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe were all evacuated. “Patients will be transferred to regional partner facilities & patients’ families will be notified,” the […]

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California Wildfires: Thousands ordered to evacuate; Air quality deteriorates to historic levels

Health officials in Reno, Nevada, have warned residents to stay indoors as smoke from the Caldor Fire, burning east of Sacramento, California, has drifted across state lines and created historically bad air quality. In California, more than 42,000 residents have been told to evacuate their homes as nine large wildfires burn in the northern part […]

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Greece: New wildfires outside Athens threatens homes, villages evacuated

Powerful winds stirred two wildfires outside Athens, Greece, threatening homes and forcing the evacuation of villages. More than 500 wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Greece, which, like other countries in the Mediterranean region including Turkey and Tunisia, has seen some of its highest temperatures in decades. On Monday, a blaze broke out […]

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Italy: Wildfires breakout 40km east of Rome, dozens evacuated

Dozens of people were evacuated around 40km from Italy’s capital of Rome on Friday after a wildfire broke as temperatures reached close to 40 degree Celsius. The fires are moving northwards and overnight 25 families were evacuated from homes as fires spread through the nature reserve of Monte Catillo, near the Rome suburb of Tivoli, […]

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Algeria Wildfires: At least 42 people killed, including 25 soldiers who died saving residents

At least 42 people have been killed in wildfires ravaging mountain forests and villages east of Algeria’s capital, including 25 soldiers who died saving residents, the president announced. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday night tweeted that the soldiers who died saving 100 people from the fires in two areas of the Kabyle region are “martyrs. […]

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‘We are in unchartered territory’: Over 5,000 firefighters tackle California’s second largest wildfire in state history

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a wildfire in northern California which has become the second largest in state history. The Dixie Fire has already destroyed nearly all of the historic Gold Rush town of Greenville and authorities warn it could take weeks to contain. There are currently 11 major wildfires burning in the state. Rescue […]

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Greece Wildfires: Massive blaze north of Athens forces hundreds to abandon their homes

A massive wildfire near a forest north of Athens, Greece has forced hundreds to leave their homes as the fires reached residential areas. Thick plumes of smoke passed over the capital on Tuesday and prompted multiple evacuations near Tatoi, 20km north of Athens. People fled their homes in cars and on motorcycles and headed towards […]

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More than 70 wildfires swamp Turkey; 4 dead, thousands evacuate

The death toll from wildfires on Turkey’s southern coast has risen to four as firefighters were battling blazes for a third day on Friday after the evacuation of dozens of villages and some hotels. More than 70 wildfires have broken out this week in provinces on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts as well as inland […]

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Devastating wildfires sweep parts of Italy, Spain and Greece, thousands flee

Wildfires are sweeping across parts of southern Europe, tearing through the Spanish and Greek countryside and forcing around 1,000 people from their homes on the Italian island of Sardinia. Sardinia’s local government declared a state of emergency on Sunday, due to what it described as a “disaster without precedence.” “It is still not possible to […]