Southern Europe wildfires: A climate threat? | DW News


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Southern Europe wildfires: A climate threat? | DW News



‘We are no longer talking about climate change but about a climate threat’ — that’s the view of Greece’s deputy civil protection minister as the southeast region of the Mediterranean is gripped by an extreme heatwave. Dozens of wildfires have broken out in Greece, Italy and Turkey — forcing residents and tourists to evacuate.

DW’s correspondents in Turkey, Greece and Italy are on the ground following this story.

01:54 — Turkey

On Turkey’s southern coast, blazes have killed at least eight people. DW’s Julia Hahn reports from Manavgat, one of the areas that has been badly affected by the wildfires in Turkey.

04:24 — Greece

In Greece, temperatures are expected to peak at 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country this week. The prime minister says Greece is experiencing its worst heatwave since 1987. Local authorities are advising households and businesses to conserve electricity especially during afternoon and evening peak times. DW correspondent Florian Schmitz reports from Thessaloniki.

07:27 — Italy

Extreme weather has emergency services on high alert in Italy, too. Heavy rain and floods have hit the north of the country, while wildfires burn in the south. The Italian fire service say they have carried out over 700 operations in the past 24 hours on wildfires burning across the central and southern parts of the country. Jacopo Lentini reports from Palermo.

09:50 — What to make of these multiple extreme weather events?

DW puts the extreme heatwave in southern Europe into perspective with Mojib Latif, a meteorologist at Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, and author of best-selling climate change book ‘Hot Times.’

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  1. In arizona in america we had many fires this year in the state, the monsoon rains came n helped put them out in the coconino forest in northern az, the shut the whole coconino forest down for a few weeks cause the fires got so bad, we had some really good rain for two weeks n sometimes it flooded, also in other places in america many fires also

  2. The Bible says that in the end that things will get intensely hot! It's happening right now! Bible prophecy being fulfilled before the end gets here! Time is almost up people because it's only going to get much much worse than this!

  3. Stop the chemtrails and all of these gas motors in these cars! Quit robbing the earth of its natural gas that is causing all of these earthquakes and sinkholes! It's greed that is causing the problems on this planet! So to boil it all down it's men that are ruining the earth! Soon JEHOVAH GOD will put an end to all these wicked evil people! The sad thing is this, it won't stop. They will keep on doing it until it's just too late!

  4. I pray that govts. all over find Jesus, Oh Jesus please send a "wakeup call" for our govts all over the world, so they finally do their job and help the people, primarily in curbing corruptions and help curb deforestations, PLANT TREES not CUT TREES,  build high rise buildings for the poor, so squatting of lands will be curbed and donate it for the forests needs, recycle plastics and pressure private corporations to STOP using plastics, styrofoams, reduce pollutions and speedup electric vehicles adoption, stop using crude oil, mass adoption for solar and wind energies, speedup adoption of veggies pseudo-meat type so cows, chickens and pigs will no longer be slaughtered for food. We have to leave good legacy to next children of generations so they will still have mother earth. Lord Jesus, help us please…..

  5. I'm in Spain, yes it's hot, but it always is this time of year, nothing unusual. One has to query, why so many fires all at the same time – Russia, Greece, Turkey, Italy and now Algeria! One cannot help but remember the direct energy weapons witnessed and filmed/photographed being used in the US couple of years ago.

  6. It sad that this happens? But it is not by nature cause it is man made fire it did not happened from itself?! Not just in Athen in other countries to who is making this and for what reason!? I'm saying this because one of Taxi driver who coming from one of those countries say to me that those fire that happen in his country are made by terrorists and there are proofs?!

  7. The Bolsonaro of Greece, Prime Minister. Many people leaves from villages. The prine minister Mistotakis have shares in 'Terna company' this is wild energy park. Him and Mr Gerapetritis the general minister the womens father is president and the owner of the company. This is a reason fires is everywhere all of this areas because they want to make business. The situation is tragic the trees of Natura animal and bees burns. The environment in Greece has been destroyed. PLEASE MAKE THIS MESSAGE TO GO IN WHOLE OF THE WORLD. Thank you

  8. REPENT! REPENT! FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND! JESUS CHRIST IS COMING QUICKLY! THE DOOR TO GRACE IS CLOSING! EVEN NOW LORD JESUS IS AT THE DOOR! SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND! WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!
    REPENT! REPENT! PREPARE YOUR SOUL TO MEET THE LORD!
    THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE IS COMING!

  9. There are three kinds of people in the world…
    1.power hungry,rich, knowledgeable yet doing destruction for authority and influence
    2.ignorant poor/mediocre fools who just ignore reality
    3.this group is very little the 3 rd one they want to change the world for good but they are few & poweless and nobody listen to them.

  10. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for Yahuah has spoken this word. The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the Torah, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. YESHA'YAHU (ISAIAH) 24:3-6 את CEPHER

  11. I keep wondering how a forest fire self-ignites several miles from the tropic while there are grass thatched houses well in the Sahara yet you never see them burn… I don't understand