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STOP Chocking Nature to YOUR Death!

Posted by feww on July 26, 2009

Southern Europe Fires Spreading

Wildfires still spreading across France, Greece, Italy,  Spain and Turkey

As temperatures reach the mid-forties Celsius (113ºF) in some Mediterranean areas and  rising more devastation across the region is expected.

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A fire near Nuoro in the center of Sardinia Island. Photo: GETTY. Image may be subject to copyright.

Thousands of hectares of woodland in France, Greece, Italy (Sardinia),  Spain and Turkey have been destroyed by wildfires fulled by dry conditions, high temperatures and strong winds rage on.

At least 8 people have been killed by the fires including six firefighters in Spain were two major fires were still burning, reports said.

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Source EFFIS via BBC. Image may be subject to copyright.

Summary of Fire Damage

  • Thousands of hectares of bush, woodland and forest have been destroyed in Spain.
  • At least 10 villages were left without water and electricity in Spain’s southern province of Almeria.
  • As many as 30,000 hectares of bush and woodland have been consumed in Spain.
  • Thousands of people including tourists were evacuated from central Greece and southern Italy as firefighters tried to contain fierce blazes.
  • A major fire is consuming a large tract of forest and bush in the French island of Corsica.
  • As temperatures in southern Europe continue to rise even higher new outbreaks of wildfire are expected.
  • In Greece’s southern Peloponnese and the island of Evia at least 350 fires were reported, destroying thousands of acres of bushes, forests and farmlands.
  • In Turkey, hundreds firefighters worked through the night to control fires in the resort village of Bodrum.

Fires caused by tracer rounds
The fire erupted Wednesday after personnel from the French Military Intelligence used tracer rounds. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

French army rapped over blaze as Europe battles fires

The French army faced mounting flak Friday after a military exercise sparked a sweeping wildfire on the outskirts of Marseille, as firefighters battled blazes across southern Europe.

The French army faced mounting flak Friday after a military exercise sparked a sweeping wildfire on the outskirts of Marseille, as firefighters battled blazes across southern Europe.

“This fire was clearly triggered by a professional mistake,” Prime Minister Francois Fillon said late Thursday after the blaze ripped through 1,300 hectares (3,211 acres) of brush and damaged homes near France’s second city. AFP reported.

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Drought Turning Texas Parched Dry

Posted by feww on July 26, 2009

Stop Squeezing Nature to YOUR Death!

Drought is transforming Texas into a large dry parched land

Texas is the most drought-stricken state in the country. Waterways across south-central Texas are drying up, and there’s no telling how much longer the supplies will last. Water levels are down significantly in lakes, rivers and wells throughout Texas.

US Drought Map [As dated]

State of Texas

Drought statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that 77 of Texas’ 254 counties are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories, which makes Texas the only state in the continental U.S. falling in those categories.

Climatologists expect the harsh drought conditions to continue for at least another 5 weeks.

Some 230 Texas public water systems are under mandatory water restrictions, covering areas in and around Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Another 70 have urged customers for voluntary cutbacks.

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Farmer Michael Schaefer of St. Hedwig, Texas, says small ears on his yellow field corn show the effect of drought. ‘‘It’s pretty bad…and the 105-degree temperature doesn’t help either,’’ Schaefer said. Photo: John Davenport/Zuma Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

“In the bone-dry San Antonio-Austin area, the conditions that started in 2007 are being compared to the devastating drought of the 1950s. There have been 36 days of 100 degrees or more this year in an area where there are usually closer to 12.” AP reported.

“Among the most obvious problems are the lack of water in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan near Austin, two massive reservoirs along the Colorado River that provide drinking water for more than 1 million people and also are popular boating and swimming spots. Streams and tributaries that feed the lakes have ‘all but dried up,’ according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.”

The water level in Lake Travis is down 54 percent, with all but one of the 12 boating ramps closed because they are too far from the edge of the water, “and the last may go soon. The receding waters have even revealed old stolen cars shoved into the lake years ago, authorities said.”

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