Assad makes public appearance after Syria wildfires
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made a rare public appearance yesterday to inspect the damage caused by wildfires in the coastal province of Latakia, with state-run media showing him allegedly talking with and listening to civilians.The wildfires have been ravaging the Syrian countryside in the west of the country for months during the summer, and were revived in Latakia, Tartus and Homs last week. According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at least 156 wildfires emerged between Thursday and Sunday.As the fires were then tackled by the authorities and di...
The Middle East Monitor
Burning injustice: why the California wildfires are a class crisis
Fifty four degrees centigrade is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on earth. Registered in California’s Death Valley only two months ago, it signalled what was to come. The next day fires erupted in the north of the state that eventually snowballed into the largest single fire in its history. Among the shocking scenes of red skies and destroyed homes, we might forget that it was only as little as two years ago that the last fire season records in California were broken. The smoke from those flames clouded the skies as far away as New York City. Yet, the vision it presented of our ...
Economic Impact Of 2020 Wildfires: Current And Future Financial Losses Are Piling Up
Conservationists are all facing very challenging times. And arguably the biggest challenge is posed by the evolution of what is arguably now the costliest destructive force facing America; ‘catastrophic wildfire‘.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreIn 2017, in California alone, catastrophic wildfires caused $180-billion in total losses! https://www.courthousenews.com/costs-to-fight-2017-california-wildfires-shatters-records/California wildfires of 2020 have already caused untold losses and the season isn't even over yet.However, the financial impact of catastrophic wildfires extent...
California wildfires turn beloved Napa wine spots to ash
The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga.California's Glass Fire turned much of that dream to ash, destroying a 3-star restaurant at Meadowood resort, torching wineries such as Chateau Boswell, and tainting precious grapes with smoke.The United States's west coast is experiencing a record-breaking fire season, with five of the state's six biggest blazes in history currently burning, and nearly four million acres scorched.At least a dozen Napa wineries and vineyards were burned as the inferno erupted...
California wildfires turn beloved Napa wine spots to ash
Calistoga (United States) (AFP) - The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga.California's Glass Fire turned much of that dream to ash, destroying a 3-star restaurant at Meadowood resort, torching wineries such as Chateau Boswell, and tainting precious grapes with smoke.The United States's west coast is experiencing a record-breaking fire season, with five of the state's six biggest blazes in history currently burning, and nearly four million acres scorched.At least a dozen Napa wineries and vineyards ...
California wine country faces long battle as fire explodes
Calistoga (United States) (AFP) - Two California wildfires that ravaged Napa's famous wine region and killed three people exploded in size Tuesday as firefighters faced a weeks-long battle to contain the blazes.The so-called Glass Fire enveloping some of northern California's world-famous vineyards has scorched 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares) and remains zero percent contained, despite the efforts of some 1,500 firefighters.Celebrated Napa wineries such as Chateau Boswell and part of Castello di Amorosa have been lost to the flames, which reached the fringes of Santa Rosa -- the largest town in...
One of the world's slowest animals survived 2 massive wildfires. What was its secret?
Animals survive wildfires by running, so it would be safe to assume turtles don’t stand much of a chance.Yet wildlife experts in Utah say they just discovered one particular Mojave desert tortoise that shows evidence of having survived not one, but two large wildfires.That seems almost impossible, given the endangered species moves at about 0.2 mph, according to the National Park Service.The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says staff found the tortoise while surveying wildfire damage in southern Utah.“Not only did he survive the Turkey Farm Road fire in July (nearly 12,000 acres), but he a...
The Charlotte Observer
'We're in unprecedented waters,' says California firefighter
Los Angeles (AFP) - This year's ferocious wildfires on the US West Coast are taking a heavy toll on exhausted firefighters who see no end in sight to the blazes, with the coronavirus pandemic adding another layer of risk.For Darrell Roberts, a 20-year veteran firefighter in California, the more than two dozen major wildfires raging across the state and the unprecedented scale of the blazes are a stark reminder of climate change and the new normal."When resources are stripped thin and literally every firefighter is out on the frontlines, and you have firefighters coming from all over the US and...
Endangered wildlife, habitat burned in Washington's wildfires
SEATTLE — Entire wildlife areas have been destroyed and endangered populations of animals gravely depleted by wildfires burning in Eastern Washington.Much of the area burned east of the mountains included shrub-steppe habitat. The assemblage of sage and other plants is critical to the survival of the pygmy rabbit, sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse.It is still the early days in understanding the extent of the damage from the fires and how it unfolded. But wildlife managers think the Pearl Hill fire may cause a population decline of anywhere from 30% to 70% in sage grouse, bringing the statewi...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Western wildfires could worsen inequality
Like so much else in 2020, the wildfires engulfing the western half of the United States are without precedent.They have advanced with astonishing speed, leaping 25 miles overnight and sending a towering pillar of smoke into the stratosphere. At this writing, the blazes have claimed at least three dozen lives, burned more than 5 million acres and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.The fires have also sparked a public health crisis. Much of the western U.S. and Canada is wreathed in acrid smoke, resulting in some of the world’s worst air quality. Wildfire smoke exacerbates ...
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