Firefighters on the Greek island of Evia say its survival hangs 'minute by minute' on heat, wind, and rain as few residents stay behind to fend off the flames.The Prime Minister of Greece has described the situation as ‘nightmarish.' Firefighters are struggling to contain the flames near the capital Athens.
A record heatwave is fueling devastating wildfires across much of the southern Mediterranean and eastern Europe. Hundreds of blazes have broken out – many of them multiplying in recent days.
Italy, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Ukraine are tackling dozens of wildfires. Scientists have linked them largely to the intense heat - which they say is made more likely and more severe by global warming.
Greece's Prime Minister says the country is facing an unprecedented environmental crisis. The fires have wiped out swaths of forests, destroyed infrastructure – and even threatened Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic games.
The Dixie Fire becomes California's 2nd biggest wildfire ever after the Complex fire last summer.
On the very day, the UN claims Global warming is 'unequivocally' human-driven, at an unprecedented rate Southern Europe becomes the third continent in the last three years to be devastated by out-of-control record-breaking wildfires. In 2019/20 Australia lost 25% of its temperate forests along with a 60% summer crop loss and 3 billion animals to their worst wildfire in Australia's history. 2020 saw North America's West coast succumb to the worst wildfire crisis in their history and, in the summer of 2021 Europe is in flames.