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Europeans swelter through a blistering heatwave

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Europe is being scorched by a lingering heatwave, sparking droughts in Spain and fires in Portugal

In France, authorities have cancelled traditional fireworks displays in many areas as the fire risk remains too high.

Firefighters tackling blazes in Portugal

The fireworks were due to commemorate the country’s national day of celebration, Bastille Day.

The high temperatures in Spain will peak on Thursday.

Even the country’s northern regions are being impacted, areas which usually dodge these extreme weather conditions.

It comes as tourists flock to Europe for their annual summer holidays.

In Portugal, authorities say an unprecedented 80 per cent of the nation is currently at an ‘exceptional’ risk of fires.

The government has put the whole of the mainland under a state of contingency until Friday.

On Monday, July 11 there were 2000 firefighters deployed across at least 30 blazes.

In Leiria, Portugal firefighters are struggling to put out flames. Catarina Demony

Several of the major fires have now been extinguished, but thousands of hectares of forest have been lost.

Around the world, heatwaves are becoming more frequent, more intense and longer as global warming worsens.

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Hurricane Fiona intensifies as it heads for Canada

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Hurricane Fiona intensifies to a Category 4 storm

Hurricane Fiona has intensified to a Category 4 storm as it makes its way to Bermuda and Canada.

This follows the storm carving a destructive path through the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Here, wind gusts of up to 215 km per hour were recorded. The conditions triggered flash flooding and landslides.

So far, it has left at least eight people dead. Thousands of residents in affected areas have been left without access to basic services.

In Puerto Rico, 40 per cent of the island’s 3.3 million residents are still without power as rebuilding begins.

For many of these residents, the memory of Hurricane Maria back in just 2017 is still so real. 3,000 people died and the island was without power for a week following this storm.

Eric Blake is the acting branch chief for the NHC in Miami. He said Bermuda will see high surf, storm surges, heavy rainfall and powerful winds. This will be the case even if it keeps on its current path and passes to the west of the island.

It’s expected the storm will be at its worst by late Thursday.

“Hopefully, the core of the storm will stay west, but it could still jog east and hit Bermuda,” Blake said.

Fiona could reach Canada’s Atlantic coast by Friday.

 

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Hurricane Fiona: Concerns as storm strengthens

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Hurricane Fiona wreaks havoc across multiple Islands, as Bermuda and Colorado brace for impact

A powerful category 3 storm has hit Turks and Caicos Islands, heavy rainfall and strong life-threatening flooding has caused havoc throughout the streets of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

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The gust has killed four people in Puerto Rico and is quickly spreading to other areas with heavy torrential rain and winds.

Authorities are urging people to evacuate these areas as the flood levels are rising and the forceful winds have damaged homes, cars and buildings.

The storm has left homes without water and electricity and there are now concerns that the storm will increase to a category 4 as it gets close to the Bermuda and Canada over the coming days.

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Many residents are in disbelief of how intense the downpour was and are struggling to pick up the debris and destruction.

A Category 4 storm has “catastrophic” wind speeds and a Category 5 hurricane has wind speeds of between 252kmh.

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U.N. warns the world must end its ‘suicidal war’

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The United Nations General Assembly is gathering in person for the first time in three years

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres used his address to highlight the ongoing climate crisis and the war in Ukraine.

He says the world must end its “suicidal war against nature” adding this “must be the first priority of every government and multilateral organisation”.

The Secretary-General is calling for global greenhouse gas emissions to be slashed by 45% by 20-30 if we want to have “any hope of reaching net zero by 2050.”

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session.

His comments follow Europe’s worst heatwave since the Middle Ages, as well as droughts in China, the United States and beyond.

He pointed out that G20 countries are responsible for 80 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, but the poorest nations are bearing its most brutal impacts.

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