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Portugal and the U.S. fall victim to intense wildfire conditions

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Extreme fire conditions have spread across the globe with the U.S. scorched and dozens injured in Portugal

Dozens have been injured as a wildfire tears through Portugal leaving 12 firefighters and 17 civilians in medical care.

3,000 firefighters have now been deployed to tackle the inferno as temperatures throughout the country reach 43 degrees Celsius.

The European Union has activated its air fleet assistance programme allowing member nations to share their resources.

Spain has been one of the first countries to lend a hand, mobilising two firefighting planes.

96 per cent of Portugal is considered as being in ‘extreme’ or ‘severe’ drought and the sweltering heat wave currently hanging over the nation is only expected to worsen.

The government has declared a heightened state of alert which will remain in place until at least Friday.

Wildfires throughout the U.S.

It’s been an explosive few months when it comes to wildfires in the U.S., but it’s tipped to get a whole lot worse as summer approaches.

Landscapes are being described by experts as ‘tinderboxes’ – so dry that a single spark could lead to catastrophe.

The Pacific north-west, north California, Texas, Hawaii and Alaska are all forecast to be among those hardest hit by fire conditions.

Four key factors are at play here – drought, dried fuels, windy or warm weather and ignitions.

The climate crisis is also making matters worse and leading to more intense conditions.

Over the first six months of this year alone, we’ve seen a controlled burn in New Mexico escape its containment and escalate into a wildfire in Alaska, a lightning storm led to the destruction of 2 million acres, and this is just to name a few.

When compared with the previous 10-year average, 220 per cent more land has been lost as a result of fires.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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‘Orgy of destruction’ – A stark climate warning

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Humanity has become ‘weapon of mass extinction’  according to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres

At the biodiversity COP15 conference in Montreal, Canada Guterres opened the meet with a brutal reality.

“Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction...

This conference is our chance to stop this orgy of destruction.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Guterres called for an end to destruction of nature saying our “land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics.”

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to the stand to urge countries to protect their precious land and waters.

The leader also took the opportunity to announce Canada’s $350m biodiversity finance fund.

“There are lots of disagreements between governments.

But if we can’t agree as a world on something as fundamental as protecting nature, then nothing else matters.”

Justin Trudeau – Canada’s Prime Minister
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks during the opening ceremony of the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Australia warned to brace for more extreme weather events

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From wild floods, to raging fires. Australia has experienced it all

And that’s not changing anytime soon.

The country is getting warmer and residents are being warned to prepare for the worst.

From an increasing number of extreme heat days to flash flooding, wild bushfires and rising sea levels – the Bureau of Meteorology says we need to buckle up and brace for impact.

This comes as the New South Wales flood crisis is ranked as the most expensive natural disaster in Australia’s history.

$5.5 billion worth of insurance claims have been lodged right across the state and now residents as residents are being told their policies won’t be renewed.

So is there anything we can do and is there any hope for our environment?

Meanwhile, say goodbye to those cloudy skies – Weatherzone predicts Australia will flip from the current wet La Nina weather system to its hot and dry cousin, El Nino next year.

If this is true, residents can expect a long period of warm conditions, including reduced rainfall, warmer temperatures and less tropical cyclones.

So how likely is this prediction?

But don’t celebrate just yet.

While the weather system means more days to lie by the pool, spare a thought for those living amongst the trees.

As the risk of severe wildfires skyrockets.

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