September 19, 2021

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Wildfires in Southern Europe : A climate threat? | DW News

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‘We are no longer talking about climate change but about a climate threat’ – that’s the view of Greece’s deputy civil protection minister as the southeast Mediterranean is gripped by an extreme heatwave. Dozens of wildfires have broken out in Greece, Italy and Turkey – forcing residents and tourists to evacuate.
DW’s correspondents in Turkey, Greece and Italy are on the ground of this story.

01:54 – Turkey
On Turkey’s southern coast, the blazes have killed at least eight people. DW’s Julia Hahn reports from Manavgat, one of the areas that has been badly affected by the wildfires in Turkey.

04:24 – Greece
In Greece, temperatures are expected to peak at 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of Greece this week. The prime minister says the country is experiencing its worst heatwave since 1987. Greek authorities are advising households and businesses to conserve electricity especially during afternoon and evening peak times. DW correspondent Florian Schmitz reports from Thessaloniki.

07:27 – Italy
Extreme weather has emergency services on high alert in Italy, too. Heavy rain and floods have hit the north of the country, while wildfires are ravaging the south. The Italian fire service say they’ve carried out over 700 operations in the past 24 hours on wildfires burning across the central and southern parts of the country. Jacopo Lentini reports from Palermo.

09:50 – What to make of these multiple extreme weather events?
DW puts the extreme heatwave in Southern Europe into perspective with Professor Mojib Latif. He is a meteorologist at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, and author of bestselling climate change book ‘Hot Times’.


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