Wildfires raging around the world this week have forced thousands of people to evacuate as flames raze homes and burn across hundreds of thousands of acres of land.
Why it matters: Record heat waves propelled by human-caused climate change have triggered many of the fires burning across the U.S. West, Canada, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Algeria and Italy. A new climate report from the UN's IPCC concludes that human influence on the climate system "is now an established fact."
What's happening: Dozens of wildfires broke out in Greece last week after the country suffered its worst heat wave in decades.
- Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the situation a "nightmarish summer," adding the government's priority "has been, first and foremost, to protect human lives."
- The largest burning in the U.S. is California's Dixie Fire — the second-biggest wildfire in the state's history. Thousands of residents have been evacuated as the blaze has razed nearly 500,000 acres.
What's happening: Wildfires in Algeria's north have killed 42 people, including 25 soldiers who helped evacuate residents.
- Dozens of fires broke out in the remote Kabyle region and elsewhere on Monday.
What's happening: Intense wildfires burning across Siberia's Sakha Republic have been active for months.
- Smoke has these fires has reached the North Pole.
- The Canadian province surpassed its 10-year wildfire average by 87% as thousands remained under evacuation notices on Tuesday, CBC notes.
What's happening: More than 100 blazes broke out in Turkey at the start of the month, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
- At least eight people have died as the fires ripped through tourist resorts this weel, per the BBC.
What's happening: Wildfires have been raging across southern Italy since last month, with many regions under evacuation orders.
- The islands of Sicily and Sardinia have been among the hardest hit.