Spaniards steal water as desertification spreads

World Mar 26, 2020

Spaniards steal water as desertification spreads

by Daniel Bosque

Inside her greenhouse, Emilia Gomez bends down to see how her strawberries are faring following a difficult season with barely any water after her farm's illegal well was shut down. Digging an illegal well to irrigate crops is a widespread practice in Spain as water ...

Bush fires burned a fifth of Australia's forest, study finds

Asia Pacific Feb 25, 2020

Bush fires burned a fifth of Australia's forest, study finds

Australia's wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country's forests, making the blazes "globally unprecedented" following a yearslong drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday. Climate scientists are currently examining data from the disaster, which destroyed swathes of southeastern Australia, to determine ...

Australian Navy ships emergency beer to fire-hit town

Asia Pacific Jan 10, 2020

Australian Navy ships emergency beer to fire-hit town

Australia's navy, tasked with rescuing fire-trapped residents on the southeast coast, received a new mission Friday: delivering beer to a country pub on the verge of running dry. More than a thousand people have been evacuated from the town of Mallacoota, with the military sending ...

Out-of-control Australian bush fires worsen

Asia Pacific Dec 21, 2019

Out-of-control Australian bush fires worsen

A scorching heat wave intensified bush fires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under "catastrophic" conditions. Australia's eastern coast has been hit by the record-breaking heat wave, which has moved in from the west of the country, exacerbating hundreds ...