With just over 1C of warming since pre-industrial times, Earth is already experiencing stronger and more frequent droughts, wildfires and superstorms rendered deadlier by rising seas.
“Natural World Heritage sites are amongst the world’s most precious places, and we owe it to future generations to protect them,” IUCN Director-General Bruno Oberle said.
Since the middle of August, fires in California have killed eight people, destroyed more than 3,600 structures, and forced evacuations in communities near the coast, and along the Sierra Nevada
Three groups of fires, called complexes, burning north, east and south of San Francisco have together scorched 2,566 square kilometers and destroyed more than 500 structures
Satellite imagery shows illegal gold mining in Brazil has increased, threatens the Yanomami tribe in the heart of the Amazons
The lust for gold has attracted wildcat prospectors, who have destroyed forests, poisoned rivers and brought fatal diseases to the tribe.
The threat wasn't over yet, and weeks of firefighting might still be needed, said ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
More than 60 percent of the water supply for the world’s 100 largest cities originates in fire-prone watersheds.
Australia Fires: Aboriginals point to methods of preventing destructive wildfires, cutting emissions
Using well-timed, low-intensity fires, indigenous people burn their properties periodically to avoid wildfire risk.
Some genetic variants from a human's past can be helpful as it may allow people to have a long life despite smoking
Health warnings were issued after a thick haze from the bushfires in Victoria descended on Melbourne.
Australia may list Koalas as endangered after population takes ‘extraordinary hit’ in unprecedented bushfires, 30% of habitat destroyed
The Australian government on Monday said it might declare Koalas as an "endangered" species after the population of the cuddly animal suffered an "extraordinary hit" in the unprecedented devastating bushfires, which destroyed 30 percent of their habitat across the country.
Koala mittens and baby bottles: How Australia's animals are being saved from the ravages of wildfires
As wildfires have killed at least 24 people, destroyed more than 1,400 homes and ravaged 15 million acres, they have also inflicted a grievous toll on Australia’s renowned wildlife. Hundreds of millions of animals, many found on no other continent, may have perished, according to some estimates, devastating the country’s unique ecosystems
Australia bushfires: At least 24 people killed, over six mn hectares of land lost; Victoria extends 'state of disaster' as threat intensifies
In South Australia's Kangaroo Island, the bushfire threat on Thursday was escalated with 'a watch and act warning' issued for a fire near Parndana which according to the Country Fire Service (CFS) was uncontrolled and was burning in a southeasterly direction threatening the safety of people in the area.
Respite from Australian bushfire unlikely as weathermen rule out significant rain; temperatures may soar for few more months
Australia’s weather agency sees no sign of cooler weather or significant rainfall in the next few months, an unwelcome forecast for authorities who have warned that only a large downpour will halt bushfires sweeping across the country
Australia Fires: How you can help people, wildlife affected by the wildfire from anywhere in the world
The deadly wildfires, fanned by wind and fueled by scorching heat, are raging across the southeast of the country.
Australia Fires: Military deployed to keep deadly fires from spreading further — 'It's an atomic bomb,' say authorities
Authorities claim that the evacuations are likely the largest peacetime maritime rescue operation in Australian history.
Australian authorities deploy military ships, aircraft to reach towns cut off by ‘apocalyptic’ wildfires; seven dead in blazes this week
Australia deployed military ships and aircraft on Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that destroyed homes and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline.
Australia vs New Zealand: Cricket Australia to monitor air quality in Melbourne, Sydney for remaining Tests as wildfires rage on
Rampaging wildfires around Australia have put Cricket Australia (CA) and the national Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) on high alert ahead of the country’s remaining two Test matches against New Zealand.
Researchers think an atmosphere phenomenon affects weather on a weekly-to-monthly time scale, bringing alternate cloudy and sunny periods.
Beni is the second-worst affected area, with nearly 900,000 hectares destroyed so far by the fires so far.