While wildfires rage across Corsica and a drought has led Rome to shut off many of its storied fountains, northern Europe is in the grips of torrential rains and flooding. Experts say the dramatic weather extremes are caused by climate change.
For the second time in two months, wind-driven fires are tearing through California communities. So far, rows of homes and a psychiatric hospital lie in ruins and tens of thousands of people have fled for their lives.
More than 230,000 people have been evacuated and thousands of buildings are in danger of collapsing. 80,000 acres of land have been destroyed. It's the second time in two months California has been hit by wildfires.
The most destructive wildfires in southern California's history continued to rage across Northern LA, threatening major coastal towns. The so-called Thomas Fire has already scorched an area larger than New York City.
Forest fires last year resulted in record tree loss around the globe – climate change and El Niño were major factors. This is bad news for the world's carbon sinks, since fires release CO2 into the atmosphere.
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