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Extreme heat and wildfires continued to plague parts of southern Europe on Wednesday, a day after the top temperature in Greece reached 47.1 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) -- just shy of the highest ever recorded in Europe.

Greece is facing one of its worst heatwaves in decades and the country remains on high alert as it continues to battle blazes across the country.

Heat warnings have also been issued for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. Deadly wildfires have swept across parts of Turkey in recent days and forced the evacuation of tourist resorts.

Residents of the Greek capital, Athens, have been warned to stay indoors with their windows closed because of poor air quality after a wildfire raged Tuesday in the suburbs north of the capital. The extreme heat forced the Ministry of Culture to close the Acropolis and other ancient sites from noon to 5 p.m. local this week.

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The Greek Fire Service said Wednesday it had been called to intervene in 78 forest fires in the past 24 hours. A fire on the large island of Evia, northeast of Athens, was burning strongly on Wednesday.

Wildfires also continued to burn Tuesday in parts of Turkey, fueled by the extreme heat. At least eight people had died as a result of the fires in Mugla and Antalya provinces as of Tuesday, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The region's heatwave comes on the heels of devastating wildfires last week in Spain, Greece and the Italian island of Sardinia and less than a month after catastrophic flooding in northern Europe claimed more than 200 lives.

Experts say freak weather events like the floods in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as the recent heatwave and wildfires across Canada and the US, are a sign of the impacts of climate change.

Droughts are becoming more frequent and more severe in southern Europe, and environmental authorities have warned that the region is at the greatest risk from the impacts of climate change on the continent.

CNN forecasters said the region's current heatwave would last until at least Friday, with the peak of heat coming Tuesday and Wednesday for Greece. Temperatures were expected to again be up to 10 degrees above average Wednesday, at over 40 degrees Celsius, in Greece and western Turkey.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/04/europe/southern-europe-extreme-weather-intl/index.html

 

It's just absolutely insane :omg:

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Gagaloo911

Mother Nature really ain't having it with us anymore this last couple years huh. And our denial of the reality of what we've done.

If we ain't going to do sh!t about it, Mother Nature will as it's had

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PunkTheFunk

This is climate change, and it only gets worse from here unfortunately.

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ARTPOPe
8 minutes ago, HausOfARTPOPII said:

we're doomed

With more and more wildfires each year, especially in regions that weren't prone to them and had more fire-resitant vegetation like the arctic circle, it honestly feels like it :saladga:

In those regions nature also simply can not recover as fast as fire destroys it, unlike other parts of the world, like Australia, which has a lot of pyrophytic vegetation aka plants that can tolerate or even benefit from fires.

But even there not all plants are pyrophytes and those that aren't will die off and potentially go extinct, so loss of biodiversity is a huge issue too. And not just the plants, animals are suffering and dying as well.

Ugh, this is such a bleak time we're living in :messga:

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Just now, ARTPOPe said:

With more and more wildfires each year, especially in regions that weren't prone to them and had more fire-resitant vegetation like the arctic circle, it honestly feels like it :saladga:

In those regions nature also simply can not recover as fast as fire destroys it, unlike other parts of the world, like Australia, which has a lot of pyrophytic vegetation aka plants that can tolerate or even benefit from fires.

But even there not all plants are pyrophytes and those that aren't will die off and potentially go extinct, so loss of biodiversity is a huge issue too. And not just the plants, animals are suffering and dying as well.

Ugh, this is such a bleak time we're living in :messga:

were killing the planet and those responsible (the hyper rich) aint doing ****!

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16 minutes ago, HausOfARTPOPII said:

were killing the planet and those responsible (the hyper rich) aint doing ****!

We are ALL responsible 

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PussOfYonce
Just now, TMM90 said:

We are ALL responsible 

eh true, but its mostly the hyper rich who still keep this **** up

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JohnWayne92

Last year I was stuck inside during the wildfires in California/Oregon/Washington and Jesus…it was like apocalyptic outside the way it looked, couldn’t breathe the air, it was all around awful. I’m so sorry for them, and anyone here that’s affected

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ARTPOPe

Didn't even know about the fires in Siberia until just now :messga:

1.3+ million hectares of forest and permafrost soil burned, more CO2 released in 7 months than Canada releases in an entire year

So North America on fire, Siberia on fire, Mediterranea on fire, Brazil/Amazonia continuously on fire, rainforests in South-East Asia as well as Africa on fire...

The human avarice and its consequences :saladga:

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Mister G

Mother Nature decided to hit the reset button. We are literally on the brink of an ecological collapse.

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