Wildfire causes ecological disaster near Athens

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Wildfire causes ecological disaster near Athens

A wildfire causes ecological disaster near Athens: in fact the pine forest continues to burn in the mountains of Geraneia, a protected area of 90 kilometers. Wildfire has already destroyed 55 square kilometers of pine forest and agricultural land.

According to the Greek civil protection, the flames originated near the village of Schinos, due to someone who was burning brush in an olive grove. The damage to agriculture will only be quantified once the flames have been extinguished, which have already devoured 54% of the dense pine forest.

Volunteers are helping burned or dehydrated animals, providing them with food, water and medications. Dozens of birds, turtles, hedgehogs, wild boars, dogs, cats were found dead, burned alive or suffocated by smoke. Wildfires are a constant summer emergency in Greece, which is combined with drought, strong winds.

and temperatures that often exceed 30 degrees. The most serious incident occurred in 2018, when 102 people died in a fire in the coastal town of Mati.

Thwaites, the Antarctic glacier that threatens the earth

Thwaites, an incredible, gigantic Antarctic glacier, according to climatologists and glaciologists from The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, would pose a serious threat as its melting could happen faster than expected.

This is confirmed by the data collected thanks to an autonomous Ran submarine robot, sent by the same experts, which went to the site to obtain as much information as possible, including the temperature, salinity, strength and oxygen content of the currents.

oceanic that head and subsequently penetrate under the glacier. Scientists wrote: "A greater influx of hot water has emerged than previously thought, triggering concerns about faster melting and accelerating the flow of ice into the sea."

Thwaites covers about 120,000 square kilometers: the possible consequences of its dissolution at sea could be disastrous. The most serious effect would be represented by an early rise in sea levels around the globe of 65 centimeters, with serious risks especially for the inhabitants who live in the coastal areas of Florida, the Pacific islands, Southeast Asia, but not only.

Melting of ices has accelerated over the past 20 years, and it has contributed to nearly a fifth of sea level rise. Their mapping in HD, published in Nature by an international team led by the University of Toulouse, will allow to improve models on climate change with which to predict future scenarios.

The glaciers present in Alaska and the Andes are the ones that have recorded the greatest losses in the last twenty years, while the Alpine glaciers hold the world record for the reduction of the average thickness, equal to about one meter per year.

Experts said the melting of glaciers involves the loss of important water reservoirs capable of helping agriculture and industry by buffering the scarcity of rainfall in dry periods. Furthermore, the melt water ends up in the seas, which are rising by 3.5 millimeters per year: a problem not only for cities like Venice, but also for the 11% of the world population who live in coastal areas that risk be submerged.