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Why is Europe burning? Scientists link hot weather to climate change

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The Great European Heatwave continues, with thousands evacuated from Mediterranean communities as wildfires spread

A view shows smoke rising from the Gironde forest fires as seen from Landiras, France. Twitter @Dgamax

Strong winds in the south-west of France are frustrating efforts to contain a fire racing through pine forests.

14,000 people have been ordered to flee from the Gironde region, with this fire and another just south of Bordeaux destroying 10,000 hectares of land.

In southern Spain, 3,200 people have fled from their homes and the blazes are moving closer and closer towards popular tourist area, Málaga.

Portugal’s wildfires have now been extinguished, but 659 people have died from the extreme heat over the past week.

Fire season has hit Europe hard and fast this year, following an unusually dry and hot spring.

Britain’s Met Office issues first ever ‘red’ warning

In the UK, a red extreme heat warning has been issued for the first time in history.

A national emergency has been declared for areas including London, Manchester and York.

Reports suggest millions of workers will stay at home over the next 48 hours to escape the heatwave’s peak.

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The extreme warning means there is a risk to life and authorities are urging residents to make changes to their daily routines in order to stay safe.

Speed restrictions are likely to be imposed for trains, while some schools will close early and hospital appointments cancelled.

The National Health Service (NHS) is also concerned there will be greater demand for ambulances, warning patients could left outside hospitals in emergency vehicles.

Experts believe the extreme temperatures Europe is currently facing can be attributed to climate change.

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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Ukraine prepares for a summer of violence

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Is support for the war waning after the conflict has surpassed 1-year and millions of dollars?

After a Russian air assault on Kyiv in which one civilian was killed, residential buildings in wealthy districts of Moscow were hit by multiple drone strikes injuring two people.

The Kremlin is claiming that most of the drone strikes which happened during broad daylight—were intercepted.

A Russian politician said the attack on the capital was the most dangerous since World War II.

Russia says Ukraine launched the attack and has vowed to bolster their air defenses.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is denying direct involvement, having just recently suffered three air attacks within a 24-hour time span.

Last month, leaked Department of Defense documents revealed possible weak links in Ukraine’s military campaign against Russian forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine with tens of thousands of troops more than a year ago and there appears to be no end in sight.

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“I think there is a great risk”: will AI steal our jobs?

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Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly powerful and pervasive force in our modern world.

 
Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. However, the growing advancements have the potential to revolutionise industries, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of life.

Along with its promising advancements, artificial intelligence also brings certain risks and challenges that must be acknowledged and addressed.

It has become the focus of lawmakers, who are working towards greater regulation of the sector.

U.S. and European Union officials recently met in Sweden to weigh up the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

“The AI process is creeping up on us,” said Dr Keith Suter, who is a global futurist.

“You’ve got competition between companies.”

It’s almost like some of us can see this raft that’s heading towards the rapids and a disappearance towards the waterfall, and we’re giving a warning but it’s not being heeded because everybody’s in this race to get down to the river,” Dr Suter said.

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Should there be more resources available to American Veterans?

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Millions of Americans have served the country, but is there enough support for veterans?

 
Over the course of the nation’s history, the United States has declared war and fought in conflicts around the world with more than 41-million Americans having fought for freedom.

There are millions of Veterans in the United States who proudly served their country. But, are there enough services to help and support veterans– especially those who suffered atrocities during conflicts?

U.S. Army Veteran Ricoh Danielson joins us to discuss. #uspolitics #Ricoh Danielson #veterans #military #supportveterans #veronicadudo #freedom

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