RedskyNews Category: Drought & Fires

Wildfire Razes Canadian Town

OTTAWA — A wildfire engulfed the town of Slave Lake in western Canada, forcing the evacuation of its 7,000 residents at the start of the forest fire season, authorities said Monday. Two fires had razed 2,900 hectares of nearby forests

Forest Fire Haze Blankets Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur. Haze caused by fires burning in Indonesia blanketed parts of Malaysia on Thursday, sending air pollution at its largest port up to unhealthy levels. Skies over Kuala Lumpur were gloomy, and the Air Pollutant Index reached 104 in

90 Wildfires Rage Across Russia

MOSCOW, April 24 (Itar-Tass) — More than 90 wildfires have spread on more than 5,000 hectares in Russia, a source in the Ministry of Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Sunday. “For the past day 225 wildfires were registered on an

Texas Wildfires Continue To Spread

DALLAS — A massive range fire burned as much as 125 sq. miles Saturday in West Texas, and firefighters were bracing for the possibility the situation could worsen because of dry, windy conditions. The enormous fire scorching largely rural Stonewall,

Jordan Grapples With Water Crisis

In its desperate efforts to battle chronic water shortages, Jordan, one of the world’s 10 driest countries, is mulling “unconventional” and “environmentally unfriendly” plans, experts say. The challenge is huge for this tiny country where desert covers 92 percent of

290 Wildfires Scorch Texas

COLLEGE STATION (March 7, 2011)—Extreme fire weather conditions are possible Tuesday in most of the western half of Texas, especially south of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35 from San Antonio to Del Rio, the Texas Forest Service said

On-Going Drought Cripples China

Yu Ruicheng’s weathered face creases with worry as she stands on her dry wheat field in eastern China, where a record drought is threatening to send soaring global food prices even higher. “If it doesn’t rain next month, we won’t

N. American Pines May Vanish

The narrow, towering lodgepole pine trees that populate North America’s western forests may disappear in the coming decades due to climate change and attacking beetles, a study said Monday. The trees are tough and adaptable, particularly in areas prone to

Drought Ravages North Kenya

Video Report: Millions of people in northern Kenya are facing hunger and an uncertain future, as a drought continues to destroy their crops and livestock. And forecasters expect the dry spell to last at least two more months. Please follow

Kenya: 5 Million To Go Hungry

Already, 1.6 million Kenyans are receiving food aid to compensate for drought and poor harvests. Government however warns the number could skyrocket to 5 million within a few months, as rains have kept failing. According to UN humanitarian sources, the