California’s largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West

Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark.Continue reading “California’s largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West”

Why Capitalism Can’t Handle Climate Change – Second Thought

Climate change is shaping up to be the single most destructive and expensive challenge humanity has ever faced. In this episode, we’ll explore why capitalism is incapable of solving the problems it creates, and what we should expect in the coming decades.

‘The sky has fallen’: Chinese farmers see livelihoods washed away by floods

Chinese farmer Cheng wades through knee-deep water, pulling dead pigs behind him one-by-one by a rope tied around their ankles as he lines up the bloated carcasses for disposal. More than 100 of Cheng’s pigs drowned in floods that paralysed China’s central Henan province last week, and the outlook for those left alive is bleak.Continue reading “‘The sky has fallen’: Chinese farmers see livelihoods washed away by floods”

Oregon Bootleg fire has grown so big it’s creating its own weather

Forecaster says ‘it’s kind of an extreme, dangerous situation’ A wildfire that has been burning through the state of Oregon for two weeks has grown so large that officials say it can form its own weather, setting-back the work of first responders. The Bootleg Fire has scorched around 350,000 acres, or 530 square miles, of forest and grasslands, withContinue reading “Oregon Bootleg fire has grown so big it’s creating its own weather”

Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb

Canada’s western province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency Tuesday, with wildfires expected to grow even larger in the coming days due to high heat and winds. “We have reached a critical point,” said provincial public safety minister Mike Farnworth. “Based on the advice of emergency management and wildfire officials, and my briefingContinue reading “Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb”

Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides

President Xi Jinping says situation “extremely severe” after city of Zhengzhou saw a year’s worth of rain in just three days. At least 25 people were killed as torrential rain lashed China’s central province of Henan, causing landslides and flooding that partially submerged the underground rail system of Zhengzhou. About 200,000 residents were evacuated asContinue reading “Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides”

Wildfires rage in Russia, Spain and the US amid high temperatures

Forest fires have broken out in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region near Kazakhstan and in north-eastern Siberia. The Ministry of Emergency Situations said it has deployed aircraft and a helicopter to fight the fires, as well as 240 personnel to Chelyabinsk where two large villages have been evacuated. Wildfires are also ravaging northeastern Siberia where temperatures haveContinue reading “Wildfires rage in Russia, Spain and the US amid high temperatures”

Four killed in Cyprus as ‘most destructive’ forest fire rages

Hundreds of firefighters and several firefighting planes deployed as fire rages for a second day in Troodos mountains. Four people have been found dead as a huge fire raged for a second day in Cyprus, razing tracts of forest in a blaze one official called the worst on record. The blaze, fanned by strong winds,Continue reading “Four killed in Cyprus as ‘most destructive’ forest fire rages”

2 dead, some 20 missing in large mudslide southwest of Tokyo

Two people died and about 20 others remained missing Saturday after torrential rain triggered a large mudslide southwest of Tokyo, destroying more than 10 houses, local authorities said. A video posted on Twitter showed dark water mixed with soil and sand flowing rapidly from the top of a mountain at about 10:30 a.m. in Atami,Continue reading “2 dead, some 20 missing in large mudslide southwest of Tokyo”

Village of Lytton, B.C., evacuated as mayor says ‘the whole town is on fire’

Several out-of-control wildfires burning in other parts of province after heat wave A small B.C. village that endured the hottest temperatures ever recorded in Canada for days on end this week was engulfed in flames Wednesday night and residents were forced to flee, many without their belongings.  Mayor Jan Polderman says he told everyone to leave Lytton, asContinue reading “Village of Lytton, B.C., evacuated as mayor says ‘the whole town is on fire’”

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