According to the latest assessment published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the rising temperature will exceed the threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next two decades as a result of human-made climate change. This can only be prevented if highly strict and immediate actions are taken all around the world.
The change in climate has already triggered droughts, heatwaves, extreme yet rare weather events in many parts of the world. One of these extreme events is a wildfire which is currently eating up huge areas of land in different countries.
In the Southern Europe region, Greece and Turkey, two of the world's most beautiful countries have been experiencing the worst wildfires in history. The extreme flames have resulted in rendering thousands of people homeless since the areas are rapidly being evacuated to avoid casualties.
While Greece is still struggling to contain the wildfires with the aid of firefighters and aircraft from different nations, the majority of Turkey’s wildfires were contained by the heavy rainfalls over the weekend. According to Turkey’s agriculture and forestry minister, 268 out of total 270 wildfires in the country have been contained, after massive combat by the firefighters for 13 days straight.
The infographic below shows the hectares burnt by wildfires in some major countries of the world. As the chart shows, August 9, 2021, has already outstripped a 13-year-old record. Currently, Spain and Portugal have not yet been impacted as per the predictions this year despite being at extremely high risk. Portugal is however a pretty far from its fire season.
Infographic by: Statista.com