The summer forest fire season becomes more and more intense and destructive as the climate sizzles.
July marked the planet in 142 years of record keeping, according to U.S. weather officials. Several US states – including California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – also had their month of July.
In August, wildfires continued to rage in the western United States and Canada, southern Europe, North Africa, Russia, Israel and elsewhere.
In Greece, which is suffering its most severe heat wave in decades, a week has threatened villages outside Athens. Thousands of people came from homes in a region of the Côte d’Azur threatened by fiery fires. Recent forest fires have killed at least 75 people in Algeria and 16 in Turkey, local officials said.
Drought conditions and high temperatures in northern California gave rise to the Dixie Fire, which has been burning for a month and over 1,000 square miles. Some 1,600 people in Lake County were recently ordered to flee the approaching flames, and the children were in an elementary school as a nearby field burned.
Last week, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called the Earth’s rapid warming “for humanity”. The report calls climate change clearly man-made and “a given,” and co-author and climatologist Linda Mearns that the disrupted global climate leaves “nowhere to go, nowhere to hide.”