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Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.

Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.

Brazil's Pantanal wetlands hit by record fires in July

Bras - The Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world, suffered a record number of fires in July, according to satellite data, prompting the Brazilian government to deploy the army to fight them.

Bolivia NGO warns of increase in forest fires

La Paz - Environmentalists in Bolivia warned Thursday of a marked increase in forest fires this year that threaten a repeat of the environmental disaster that ravaged much of the Amazon in 2019.

Bushfires burned a fifth of Australia's forest: study

Paris - Australia's wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country's forests, making the blazes "globally unprecedented" following a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday.

Tennis and cricket stars rally behind Australia bushfire relief

Sydney - Tennis and cricket stars spearheaded by Nick Kyrgios and Chris Lynn on Friday pledged support for victims of bushfires raging around Australia, donating cash for every ace or six they hit.

Teams make progress against latest major California blaze

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California made progress Saturday containing a sizable new blaze in the southern part of the state as they continued to battle a much larger fire in the north.

California braces for powerful winds that could feed fires

Los Angeles - California braced on Tuesday for the most powerful winds this season that threaten to spread destructive fires raging in the state and could spark new blazes.

Rain puts out some of Bolivia's wildfires

La Paz - Heavy rain that has drenched eastern Bolivia's Chiquitania tropical savanna has put out fires that have ravaged millions of hectares in recent months, authorities said Sunday."It has rained all across Chiquitania.

More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

La Paz - More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday.

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Rio De Janeiro - The fires that burned through the Amazon rainforest last month sparked international outcry and offers of help, but as world leaders meet in New York, the planet's largest rainforest remains engulfed in flames.

The Amazon's 'weather engine' has impacts on rainfall globally

The Amazon's lush greenery and network of waterways are at risk in the face of this summer's record fires, but another force of nature brewing high above the landscape is also deserving of attention, scientists and researchers say.

Bolivia enlists 'supertanker' plane to battle wildfires

La Paz - Bolivia took delivery Friday of a "supertanker" aircraft to help fight wildfires that have devastated vast swathes of forest and agricultural land.

Greece to speed up destruction of illegal property after fires

Atenas - Greece vowed Wednesday to bring in a raft of measures following the deadly fires near Athens as the family of an elderly victim filed a complaint of "negligent homicide" against the authorities.

Two more bodies found at sea after Greek wildfires

Atenas - The bodies of two people thought to have fled into the sea to escape the wildfires that ravaged coastal towns near Athens last week have been recovered, port police said Tuesday.

Greek PM Tsipras visits scene of wildfire disaster

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday paid his first visit to the area ravaged by the country's worst ever wildfires, as anger mounts over his government's response to the disaster which has claimed scores of lives.

Greek PM Tsipras visits scene of wildfire disaster

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday paid his first visit to the area ravaged by the country's worst ever wildfires as anger mounts over his government's response to the disaster that left scores of people dead.

Greek wildfires death toll rises to 91

Atenas - Greek fire services on Sunday said three more people were confirmed killed by the wildfires that have devastated seaside resorts near Athens, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 91.

Death toll climbs to 88 from Greek wildfires

Atenas - A woman has died in hospital taking the death toll from Greece's worst wildfires to 88, many of them children, officials said Saturday.

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said he assumed "political responsibility" for the country's deadliest wildfires as a bitter debate raged over who was to blame for the tragedy.

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Atenas - Grief and shock over Greece's deadliest wildfires were clouded Friday by a bitter debate over who was to blame, as the opposition rejected the government's suggestion that the blazes were started deliberately.

Volunteers rush to help Greece fire victims

Greece - Schools in the Greek port town of Rafina are unusually busy for summer -- overflowing with donations and volunteers, showing the vast wellspring of local solidarity for victims of deadly fires."You see this girl?

Fire destroys late Greek director Angelopoulos' archives: widow

Atenas - The house and private archives of Greek cinema godfather Theo Angelopoulos, who died in 2012, were destroyed in this week's deadly wildfires near Athens, his widow said Thursday.

Fire at their backs, Greek elderly flee with grandchildren

Greece - Yiannis Philippopoulou was sure he saw his nine-year-old twins picked up by a boat after they fled the flames. But days since the family's chaotic escape from the inferno, the girls appear to have vanished.

Greece counts cost of deadliest wildfires in memory

Atenas - Family members were helping Thursday to identify the bodies of the 82 people killed in Greece's worst ever wildfires as anger mounted over how authorities could have let the disaster happen.

Life and death lottery for those fleeing Greek fire

Greece - When the fire came, Kiriaki Alexiadou and her grandson dashed to their car and fled to safety. Their neighbours, who set out towards the sanctuary of the sea on foot, were burned alive.

Fires sweep much of Europe as countries swelter in the heat

Paris - Dozens of wildfires have hit countries across northern Europe and Greece as a heatwave continues to hold across much of the continent. The fires have been particularly devastating in the Attica region around Athens, where dozens of people have died.

Greece asks EU for air support to battle fires

Atenas - Greece on Tuesday pleaded for assistance from European neighbours to help battle wild fires including a blaze ravaging a forest near Athens.

High winds hamper Greek firefighting efforts

Atenas - Greek firefighters struggled to control blazes for a third successive day Tuesday, as flames fanned by high winds forced people to flee homes near the capital.

Wildfires hit Greenland after record temperatures

Stockholm - Police in Greenland warned people to stay away from western areas of the island as wildfires scorched swathes of scrubland.
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