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California faces weather threats from fires to floods

LOS ANGELES — Forces were beginning to collide in California on Thursday as wildfires threatened communities, an epic heat wave stressed the electrical grid and as moisture from a tropical storm was expected to bring thunderstorms and floods along with cooling. Firefighters struggled to control major wildfires in Southern California and the Sierra Nevada that …

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Wildfire threatens homes, cabins near Idaho’s Alturas Lake

BOISE, Idaho — Roughly 200 people were told to evacuate and sheriff’s deputies were trying to track down campers and other recreationists after a wildfire exploded in Idaho’s scenic Sawtooth National Forest over the long holiday weekend. Lightning sparked the Ross Fork Fire in central Idaho on Aug. 14, but Sunday’s hot, dry weather and …

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4th edition of Africa Climate talks kicks off as the continent endures damaging weather events

African nations opened climate talks in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Wednesday to identify their priorities and come up with a common position ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Egypt in November, known as COP27. The meeting is jointly organized by the United Nations, African Union, African Development Bank and the civil society …

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Villages battle wildfires in Portugal; Europe swelters

BEMPOSTA, Portugal — More than 3,000 firefighters battled Thursday alongside ordinary Portuguese citizens desperate to save their homes from several wildfires that raged across the European country, fanned by extreme temperatures and drought conditions linked to climate change. Central Portugal has been particularly hard hit by a spate of blazes this week. In the village …

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Record-breaking wildfires in Alaska are being fueled by a hot and dry start to summer

It’s been a concerning hot and dry start to summer in southern Alaska. Anchorage is experiencing its second-warmest June, according to climate scientist Brian Brettschneider. And with only 0.07 inches of rain this month in Anchorage, southern Alaska’s parched wilderness has become fuel for wildfires.The year is on trend to be one of the largest …

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Rich nations hit brakes on climate aid to poor at UN talks

BERLIN — Rich countries including the European Union and the United States have pushed back against efforts to put financial help for poor nations suffering the devastating effects of global warming firmly on the agenda for this year’s U.N. climate summit. Observers and campaigners attending a ten-day preparatory meeting in Bonn, Germany, that’s wrapping up …

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UN chief: Governments’ inaction on climate is ‘dangerous’

BERLIN — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday of a “dangerous disconnect” between what scientists and citizens are demanding to curb climate change, and what governments are actually doing about it. Guterres said global greenhouse gas emissions need to drop by 45% this decade, but are currently forecast to increase by 14%. “We are witnessing …

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‘Lead us out of this mess,’ UN chief demands of world leaders at environment summit in Stockholm

‘We need to change course – now – and end our senseless and suicidal war against nature’ UN chief António Guterres says The secretary general of the United Nations has demanded that world leaders “lead us out of this mess” at the launch of an environment summit in Sweden. Stockholm +50 got underway on Thursday, …

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‘This is about survival’: will Cop27 bring action on Glasgow climate pact?

Amid an energy crisis caused by war in Ukraine, climate experts say November talks must act on plans to limit global heating When weary delegates tumbled out of the emptying halls of the Scottish Event Campus into the chill of a Glasgow night last November, the mood was buoyant, if exhausted. Workers in hi-vis began …

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‘Potentially historic’ wildfire event threatens New Mexico, Southwest

The entire state of New Mexico is under a red-flag warning for dangerous fire conditions Critical-to-extreme wildfire conditions are about to take hold of the southwestern United States and parts of Colorado, leading into what could be a lengthy, multiday and memorable outbreak of wildfires and/or wildfire conditions. Warm to locally scorching temperatures, bone-dry air …

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