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Wildfires scorch Africa but world's media stay focused on Brazil's blazes

A tract of burnt jungle in Boca Do Acre, Brazil
© Reuters / Bruno Kelly
A tract of burnt jungle in Boca Do Acre, Brazil
Forest fires are tearing through the Amazon rainforest, prompting worldwide protests and demands for action to protect the "lungs of the world." But, away from the spotlight, the Brazilian fires are dwarfed by blazes in Africa.

Fires visible from space are currently burning up the Amazon rainforest at a rate of three football fields per minute, according to Brazilian satellite data. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported an 83 percent increase in wildfires on last year, with more than 72,000 fires spotted, 9,000 last week alone.


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The climate prophets have spoken!

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In this video I show how the press creates unimpeachable appeals to authority - by attaching the words "scientists say" to nonsense the journalists simply made up.


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Apocalyptic scenes in Brazil as smoke from major Amazon wildfires turns cities dark by lunchtime

sao paulo wildfire smoke
© @AndreTheSolo
Brazil's space agency has revealed a record number of fires are burning across the Amazon rainforest as smoke chokes cities across the country.

President Jair Bolsonaro is facing increasing pressure to take action against illegal deforestation fires that have spread across vast areas of the largest rainforest on the planet.

It comes as the city of Sao Paulo was brought to a grinding halt on Monday after choking smoke from fires in the states of Amazonas and Rondonia - almost 3000km away - caused a complete power blackout.




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Turkey turmoil: As floods inundate Istanbul region, nearby Izmir battles raging wildfires

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© Getty
Forest fires have consumed some 500 hectares (over 1,200 acres) of land in Izmir on Turkey's Aegean coast, an official said Monday.

On Sunday, the fires broke out in four different regions -- including two in the southwestern Muğla province and others in Izmir province, according to Agriculture and Forest Ministry.

Speaking to reporters in Izmir, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said that the fire in Karabağlar district of Izmir has so far destroyed some 500 hectares of forestland and firefighters are still battling to contain the fire.

Comment: See also: Flash-floods hit Istanbul, northwestern Turkey - Entire winter's worth of rain falls in 90 minutes


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Gran Canaria: 4,000 evacuated as wildfires rip through island for second time in a week

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Thousands of people have been evacuated in the area around Valleseco
Thousands of people have been evacuated from dozens of towns on Gran Canaria as firefighters battle to contain out-of-control wildfires.

The fires, which broke out on Saturday for the second time in a week, have forced around 4,000 people to evacuate at least 40 towns near Valleseco, a town situated on the north of the popular tourist island.

They had spread in two different directions and razed more than 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) by Sunday afternoon, according to the island's provincial government.

There is currently a huge operation under way involving nine helicopters, two planes and 600 emergency responders to control the fires, which officials say has "great potential" to spread further.

Angel Victor Torres, the Canary Islands' regional president, told a news conference that the blaze was neither "contained nor stabilised or controlled".


Comment: Huge wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain sparks mass evacuation


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Strong winds and high temperatures fuel breakout of dozens of wildfires across Greece

Tourists evacuated from camp as wildfire rages on Greek island

Tourists evacuated from camp as wildfire rages on Greek island
Strong winds and high temperatures helped stoke dozens of wildfires across Greece.

The Fire Service said 63 broke out between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.



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Massive wildfire spreads rapidly in Athens suburb overnight, sparking evacuations

Fire in Ymittos, Athens, Greece last night, August 11/12

Fire in Ymittos, Athens, Greece last night, August 11/12
A huge blaze prompted early morning evacuations in a suburb of the Greek capital. At least 140 firefighters and 46 vehicles were dispatched to battle the wildfire.

Locals in the city's eastern suburb of Paiania were awoken by authorities in the middle of the night to evacuate their houses. However, a spokesman for the fire service said there is no information on how many people fled.

Fanned by strong winds, flames from the large fire climbed 20 meters and spread quickly up the 1,026-meter (3,366-feet) slopes of Mount Hymettos.


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Huge wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain sparks mass evacuation

1,000 people evacuated following wildfires in Gran Canaria

1,000 people evacuated following wildfires in Gran Canaria
Around 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) have so far been destroyed in the fire, which erupted Saturday in the western municipality of Artenara near the provincial capital of Las Palmas.

Some 1,000 residents evacuated overnight have not yet been allowed to return to their homes, emergency services said in a statement on Sunday.

Police said they had detained a man for allegedly starting the fire by using welding equipment.

Fire fighters battling the flames seemed to have the upper hand by Saturday evening but a change in wind direction worsened the situation overnight, Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres told Spanish radio COPE on Sunday.

More than 200 fire fighters, including an emergency military unit deployed only for worst-case scenarios, were trying to bring the situation under control, he added.


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Wildfires have burned through 2.5 million hectares of forest in Siberia

Siberian wildfire
© Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service
Over 2.5 million hectares of forest are on fire throughout several Siberian regions. The fires caused massive smoke buildup across Siberia, while over 400 thousand people signed a petition calling for the declaration of emergency.

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations vowed to deploy additional forces and hardware to Siberia to fight the massive fires on Monday. "An emergency situation has been declared across the whole Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions, as well as certain parts of Buryatia," the ministry said.

To curb the blazes, these three regions need at least 15 thousand personnel on the ground, Deputy Emergencies Minister Evgeny Zinichev said. The official criticized the statements of local officials who argued against fighting the fires despite the large areas affected and the massive smoke buildup in at least 500 Siberian cities and villages.


Comment: US media is getting its digs in at Russia, accusing its officials of being 'too cheap to fight wildfires'.

Reality-check: The vast majority of wildfires in the US simply burn out. Firefighters don't 'stop' them - for the most part they help people evacuate, then help them pick through the ruins.

Also, the US can't afford to 'fight wildfires'. The funds it throws at doing so are all from loans, i.e. the neverending national debt, which is effectively funded by everyone else on Earth.

So the Russians are essentially correct; there is nothing government can do to stop what is happening. In cases where settlements are threatened, they can assist evacs. That's about it.


Blue Planet

Over 100 wildfires burning across Arctic region have generated smoke plumes visible from space

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© NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua Stevens
An unprecedented number of wildfires have been ravaging the Arctic for weeks following the hottest June ever recorded on Earth. Now, the fires are so huge and intense, the smoke can literally be seen from space.

Satellite images show more than 100 long-lived wildfires with huge plumes of swirling black smoke covering most of the Arctic Circle including parts of Russia, Siberia, Greenland and Alaska.

The wildfires have now reached "unprecedented levels," according to Mark Parrington of the EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Service, who said the smoke vortex is covering a "mind boggling" two million square kilometers.


Wildfires are burning across 11 regions in Russia with the largest covering Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Buryatia. Likely caused by lightning strikes, as of July 22 they have burned 320 square miles (829 square kilometers), 150 square miles (388 square km) and 41 square miles (106 square km) in the regions, respectively, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.

Comment: It's not that warm in the Arctic.

No, the significant factor behind them is likely to be the 'accelerant' provided by increased outgassings of methane and CO2, in part due to increased seismic activity. Lightning, which is also on the rise, provides the spark. Then the fires themselves produce lots more CO2.

Like, vastly more than humans can produce.

The smoke and other particulates the fires produce are joined by increased dust from increased meteors and increased volcanic eruptions, which all then jointly contribute to the increased dust-load in the atmosphere, which changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, etc.

Notice that man-made activity is nowhere to be seen in this naturally intensifying feedback loop...

We're just along for the ride.