RedskyNews Category: Drought & Fires

Grassland Fire in China Kills 22

A grassland fire in a mountainous Tibetan region in south-west China has killed at least 22 people and severely burned another three, state media said. The spreading blaze trapped soldiers and local residents trying to put out the fire in

Wildfires a Runaway Climate Risk

Climate Change is driving forest fires in northern latitudes to burn more frequently and fiercely, contributing to the threat of runaway climate change, according to a study released Sunday. Increased intensity of fires in Alaska’s vast interior over the last

Death Toll Rises to 40 in Israel Fire

Video Report: Israeli authorities continue to battle a deadly forest fire as several countries send equipment to help battle the blaze. David Botti reports.

Forty Dead in Israel Forest Fire

At least 40 people have been killed and dozens injured in a huge forest fire in Israel. Most if not all of those killed were in a bus carrying prison guards on their way to evacuate a jail in the

Europe Freezes as Cyprus in Drought

LONDON (Reuters) – Heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures disrupted road, rail and air transport in many parts of northern Europe on Wednesday while the Mediterranean island of Cyprus suffered in the heat after its driest November in more than a

It’s “The End Times” for Brazil

Video Report: Months of drought in Brazil’s Amazon region is raising serious concerns about the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. The prolonged dry spell has left the Rio Negro river at its lowest level in more than a century.

Drought Looms for Bolivian Capital

Catastrophic drought is on the near-term horizon for the capital city of Bolivia, according to new research into the historical ecology of the Andes. If temperatures rise more than 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius (3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit) above

Arabs Face Water Crisis by 2015

Lebanon, once considered to have an abundance of water, is threatened with acute shortages as the Arab world lurches toward severe water scarcity as early as 2015. For Lebanon, which has long neglected to take measures to conserve and manage

Wildfires Destroy Land in Bulgaria

Sofia: Wildfires raged in the weekend as destroyed vast forest lands. About 80 decares of low vegetation in Vitosha Nature Park and 320 decares of forest in Osogovo Mountain have burnt. A fire was raging in the Ogosovo Mountain, close

Africa: Lake Chad is Disappearing

The future of rapidly shrinking Lake Chad will have a profound impact on peace and security in central Africa and coordinated action is needed to save it, Chad’s prime minister said on Friday. “Saving Lake Chad requires us all to

River Amazon: Brazil Runs Dry

Video Report: A severe drought pushes river levels in Brazil’s Amazon region to record lows, isolating communities and strangling vital boat transport links.Simon Hanna reports.

N Korea Heading for New Food Crisis

The United Nations says North Korea is heading for a new food crisis, with drought and floods in various parts of the country exacerbated by cuts in international aid. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed concern in a grim report to

Indonesia Battles Forest Fires

Indonesia has sent hundreds of fire fighters to battle blazes on Sumatra island which have enveloped Singapore and Malaysia in choking haze, officials said. Many of the fires smouldering across Sumatra have been lit by small landholders to clear trees

Farmers Rejoice as Drought Ends

The drought in New South Wales has officially ended after more than nine years. In the latest State Government update, none of the state’s regions are drought-declared.

Lake Mead’s level drops 130ft.

An aerial photo taken Saturday shows the marina operations in Lake Mead’s Hemenway Harbor, just down the hill from Boulder City. All of the docks shown used to be located elsewhere but had to be moved to their present locations

Extreme Global Drought in 30 Years

Large swathes of the planet could experience extreme drought within the next 30 years unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, a study warns. “We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to