Washington DC lightning strike that killed three offers climate warning

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving three people dead and one other in critical condition. The hot, humid conditions in Washington, DC, on Thursday were primed for electricity. Air temperatures … Read more

Firefighters battle out-of-control blaze at Berlin ammunitions dump

BERLIN, Aug 4 (Reuters) – More than 100 firefighters on Thursday battled a fire at an ammunition dump in western Berlin, using water cannons and an army robot to try to contain the blaze that had triggered explosions and was still spreading, officials said. The fire service set up a perimeter zone 1,000 meters (0.6 … Read more

Hundreds of firefighters battle blaze near Lisbon

MAFRA, Portugal, July 31 (Reuters) – Hundreds of firefighters battled a blaze raging in a Portuguese municipality near the capital Lisbon on Sunday as high temperatures and strong winds made it harder to put out the flames. Backed by water-bombers and 123 vehicles, more than 400 firefighters were brought in after a fire erupted in … Read more

Wildfires burn coastal homes, forests in Greece as Europe’s heatwave spreads east

ATHENS, July 24 (Reuters) – Greek firefighters battled wildfires on the island of Lesbos for a second day on Sunday as well as new fires in the western Peloponnese and in northern Greece, evacuating nearby settlements as a heatwave set in. A wildfire that started in mountainous forests on Lesbos in the Aegean Sea near … Read more

Europe’s heatwave reaches Poland, Greece as it moves eastwards, brings wildfires

Heatwave moves east after scorching western Europe Alarm about climate change, health impact temperatures soar Wildfires still raging in Spain and Portugal New fires erupt in Italy, one blaze spreads to Slovenia Hundreds evacuated in Slovenia as wildfire spreads from Italy ATHENS/MILAN, July 21 (Reuters) – The vast heatwave covering swathes of Europe moved steadily … Read more

Biden stops short of declaring climate emergency, takes steps on wind power

SOMERSET, Mass./WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that climate change is an emergency but stopped short of a formal declaration, announcing a modest package of executive actions and promising more aggressive efforts. Biden made the comments during a visit to Massachusetts and as a historic heat wave batters Europe … Read more

Britain counts cost of historic heatwave as 13 die

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – At least 13 people have died in Britain while swimming during a spell of record-breaking hot weather that sparked wildfires, damaged train tracks and triggered warnings that efforts to tackle climate change needed to be stepped up. The London Fire Brigade hardened its busiest day since World War Two on … Read more

Greek wildfire rages near Athens; homes, hospital evacuated

ATHENS, July 19 (Reuters) – A Greek wildfire fueled by gale-force winds raged in the mountainous region of Penteli near Athens on Tuesday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of at least four areas and a hospital. Heavy clouds of smoke were rising into the sky billowing over Mount Penteli where the fire broke out … Read more

Britain swelters on its hottest day ever as temperatures hit 40C

Temperature hits record 40C across country Train services canceled due to the heat Heatwave prompts focus on climate change promises LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Britain recorded its hottest day ever on Tuesday, with the temperature exceeding 40C (104F) as a heatwave gripping Europe intensified, forcing train tracks to buckle and fueling a spate of … Read more

France battles massive wildfires, Britain records highest ever temperature

Wildfires burn forests in Gironde, southwest France UK temperatures exceed 40C for the first time Germany, Belgium brace for possible record-breaking temperatures More than 30 wildfires ravage parts of Spain LONDON/PARIS July 19 (Reuters) – Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Tuesday to contain massive forest wildfires and Britain recorded its highest ever temperature as … Read more