The summer season of wildfires is growing more intense and destructive as the climate sizzles.
July was the planet’s in 142 years of record keeping, according to U.S. weather officials. Several U.S. states — including California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington — also saw their July.
In August, wildfires continued to rage across the western United States and Canada, southern Europe, northern Africa, Russia, Israel and elsewhere.
In Greece, which is suffering its most severe heat wave in decades, a this week threatened villages outside Athens. Thousands of people were from homes in a region of the French Riviera threatened by blazing fires. Recent wildfires have killed at least 75 people in Algeria and 16 in Turkey, local officials said.
Drought conditions and high temperatures in northern California have given rise to the Dixie Fire, which has been ablaze for a month and more than 1,000 square miles. Some 1,600 people in Lake County were recently ordered to flee approaching flames, and children were of an elementary school as a nearby field burned.
Last week a from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called Earth's rapidly warming temperatures a “ for humanity.” The report calls climate change clearly human-caused and “an established fact,” and co-author and climate scientist Linda Mearns that the disrupted global climate leaves “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.”