US wildfire crisis brings home the global threat from climate change

Smoke rising from the Bobcat Fire as it burns through the Angeles National Forest on Sept 11, 2020. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - Apocalyptic orange-coloured skies filled with choking smoke and ash, communities fleeing raging firestorms driven by freakishly hot and windy weather, thousands of homes and livelihoods reduced to ruins.

The wild fires tearing through the US West Coast are eerily similar to the bush fires that scorched Australia's east coast late last year and earlier this year.

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