Furnace Earth: Wildfires set to worsen

The world seems to be on fire again, just as it was last year when destructive and deadly wildfires of enormous size raged in California, Chile, Argentina, British Columbia, Portugal and other countries around the world. The widespread fires this year have magnified concerns that we are locked in a worldwide pattern of conflagration that is both persistent and catastrophic.

Wildfires have been even more pervasive this year in central and northern Europe than last year, including Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Germany. In Greece, east of Athens, some 90 people were killed. Last year in Portugal, more than 100 people died in wildfires, including at least 30 people who were trapped in their cars when flames engulfed a road.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Furnace Earth: Wildfires set to worsen'. Print Edition | Subscribe