‘Apocalyptic’ scenes hit Greece as Athens besieged by fire

Climate Change Threatens Food Security Of 65 Nations

Scientists have projected that millions of people in 65 nations globally, including those in Africa and South-East Asia and the Pacific, could face increased malnutrition as climate change and overfishing take their toll on fisheries.

We need to find a way to put human nutrition at the core of fisheries policies.

According to a study that analysed over 800 fish species from more than 157 countries, climate change and overfishing could lead to acute shortages of vital micronutrients from the oceans.

Countries whose fisheries are at increased risk include those in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Mozambique and Sierra Leone, and East Asian and Pacific countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste, according to the study published last week (20 July) in Current Biology…READ ON

‘Apocalyptic’ scenes hit Greece as Athens besieged by fire

News of the extreme heat engulfing Greece had spread beyond its borders all week, packaged in increasingly desperate language. Temperatures were breaking records few had ever imagined. If Monday was bad, then Tuesday was worse. In some parts of the country, the mercury had hit 47C (117F), with thermal cameras on drones recording the ground temperature in downtown Athens at 55C….READ ON

Hundreds of firefighters battle infernos in Greece as rains aid effort in Turkey

Hundreds of firefighters fought fires that have devoured record numbers of woodlands in Greece Saturday and left hundreds of families homeless, but heavy rains brought some respite to hard-hit Turkey.

Greece and Turkey have been fighting devastating fires for more than a week as the region suffers its worst heatwave in decades.

More than 1,450 Greek firefighters backed by at least 15 aircraft were battling the wildfires and flare-ups, with reinforcements arriving from other countries, the fire service said.

“We are sending a team of experienced firefighters to support Greek firefighters currently battling the huge blazes,” UK Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted Saturday. Egypt is also expected to send two helicopters and Spain one Canadair firefighting plane.

With strong winds and temperatures of up to 38 degrees C (100 F) forecast in some regions on Saturday, the blazes in Greece are expected to continue for some time yet. And this year’s fires have already been far more destructive than in previous years…READ ON

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