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So far, 63 people have lost their lives due to wildfire in Portugal, including firefighters. Some died trapped in their cars trying to escape the fire, others due to smoke inhalation.
The temperature right now in Portugal is somewhere between 45°C/113ºF. A different combination of factors are making it very difficult for firefighters to put out the fire, including the amount of smoke in the air makes it impossible for canadairs to help.

The images are absolutely awful and heartbreaking. Listening to survivours and the families of the victims is heartbreaking. There are civilians finding burned corpses in the woods that have burned. Just minutes ago they confirmed that a family that was being searched died in the fire, that’s a mother, a father and two small children. Another man talked to the media reporting that he saw his wife and two daughters dying, trapped inside the car. Another little boy who was vacationing with his aunt and uncle, died while his parents were away on honeymoon. Dozens of families are completely destroyed. It’s a complete tradegy!

The firefighters need help. They not even asking for food supplies at this point. They are in more need of medical supplies.

This is the official account number for donations if you want/can help all the people who lost everything they owned and the firefighters. The money will go entirely for the victims and the firefighters.

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Climate change is partly to blame for more and larger California wildfires

  • Multiple devastating wildfires in California and other parts of the West have forced nearly 8,000 people to leave their homes — and according to experts, human-made climate change is at least partially to blame.
  • According to Climate Signals, a database maintained by the climate action communications organization Climate Nexus, climate change is to blame for many of the factors that put California at risk for more — and larger — wildfires.
  • The climate in California has already begun changing, becoming warmer and drier. That, in turn, leads to an earlier snowmelt, more drought and conditions in which pine beetle infestations spread. Read more (7/11/17)

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The [thing] that I’m concerned about for Greenland is the black carbon. And when black carbon deposits on ice — something that’s very dark in color on something that’s very white — that then speeds up the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
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Jessica McCarty, an assistant professor of geography at Miami University in Ohio

Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

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Ironically, certain efforts at habitat preservation may be detrimental to species such as the Florida scrub jay.  The jay lives in scrubland unique to central Florida (Florida scrub), an arid ecosystem which is dominated by shrubs and small trees and is also known for frequent wildfires.  In the last century, much effort has been put into fighting and extinguishing wildfires, believing that they were decimating the ecosystems.  However, these fires are actually a vital part of the scrubland; without frequent fires to weed out the larger trees and keep the plant and tree numbers down, the scrub becomes dominated by large oak trees.  This makes the area unsuitable for scrubland animals such as the Florida scrub jay.  As a result, preservation of most managed areas of Florida scrub now includes controlled fires.

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Wildfires in Arizona and Utah force thousands from their homes

  • A string of wildfires sweeping through Arizona and Utah have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in search of safety.
  • Arizona’s blaze, which began Saturday, has prompted the complete evacuation of several communities and neighborhoods near the city of Prescott, Arizona, about 100 miles north of Phoenix. Portions of two state highways in the area have also been shut down in response to the fire.
  • Arizona governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency in Yavapai County on Wednesday in an effort to allocate as many resources as possible to squash the flames. Read more (6/29/17)

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‘Maybe we shouldn’t;’
He said 
'With your lips pressed to mine,
The world at our backs, 
And who knows what else,’
 
His emerald eyes looking into the starry night 
'If we start 
We might not stop’.
—  Wildfires // Lucas Murley
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Wildfires Engulf Thousands Of Acres As The Solar Eclipse Nears

“4.) The smoke and haze may impact your view of the eclipse. The whole point, for most people making the expedition, is to experience the wonder of totality. Those two minutes spent immersed in darkness will be unlike any other natural phenomenon on Earth. Yet if the smoke from the wildfires is bad enough, it can reduce your visibility significantly, impacting your ability to see stars, the solar corona, or planets during totality. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the reduced brightness makes it safe to look at the Sun without sufficient eye protection; the same particulate matter that blocks visible radiation may not block the same amount of ultraviolet or infrared radiation, and that is what damages your eyes!”

The solar eclipse we’ve all been waiting for is just two weeks away. Yet even though you’ve got your eye protection ready, your location picked out, and your plans all set, there’s a wild card you need to be aware of: wildfires. The total solar eclipse in Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming-west-of-the-rockies coincides with peak wildfire season, and with over a million people headed to a 70-mile-wide strip of land, the risk cannot be overstated. There are a number of things you can do to stay safe and minimize your risk of adverse effects, but only if you’re prepared. Here’s a handy list of what you need to know as the solar eclipse nears, and what pitfalls you should avoid. Once you know what the right thing to do is, you can educate others and help make the eclipse a wonderful and safe experience for all!

There’s no mostly mute Monday today, because this information cannot be condensed into 200 words. Learn what everyone needs to know today!

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Thousands evacuated in French Riviera as wildfires break out along the coast

  • Some 10,000 people were evacuated along France’s Riviera coast as wildfires spread overnight, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Of those evacuated, 3,000 were staying in campsites in the popular tourist area.
  • Late summer is a popular vacation time in France, and many French citizens take their holidays in late July and early August, CNN reported on Wednesday.
  • According to CNN, thousands had to be evacuated from the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas late Tuesday into early Wednesday as the fires threatened the area. Read more (7/26/17)

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