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Fires have killed at least 35 and destroyed more than 5,000 homes and businesses.
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The Verdant Creek wildfire is estimated to have burned over 70 square kilometres of Kootenay National Park in Alberta and British Columbia. Take an aerial tour of the damage.
Fires and floods have always been here — but as the world warms, they're increasing in frequency, size and severity.
Officials are asking people to leave firefighting equipment alone.
New drone imagery released by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District shows the extent of damage suffered in the Boston Flats region due to severe wildfires sweeping across British Columbia.The drone footage, taken July 10, reveals severe destruction in the small British Colombia mobile home community of Boston Flats. CBC reported at least 30 homes were destroyed. The community had been evacuated and no injuries were reported.A higher quality version of this footage is available here. Credit: Thompson-Nicola Regional District via Storyful
The city is home to about 11,000 people.
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Canadians and relief groups are helping people forced from their homes by B.C.'s wildfires.
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"What could we do but stand there and watch? Crying isn't going to bring anything back."
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Many fires are considered out of control.
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Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.
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In my research on Canadian and American emergency management agencies, I've found significant differences between official disaster strategies and how disaster responses actually unfold. For example, 'lessons learned' and theories of emergency management consistently call for formal coordination of all the organizations involved in disaster response.
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I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.
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While the Fort McMurray SPCA is working diligently to develop strategies for keeping pets with their families, regardless of their housing status, pet surrender rates are likely to go up and adoption rates will most certainly go down as the community struggles to get back on its feet.
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Albertans and Canadians -- and even many outside our borders -- have shown a level of giving, selflessness and strength that is hard to imagine. But you have to see that generosity in action to believe it. It's all very, very inspiring.
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"In a situation where Trudeau isn't qualified or trained to make decisions, he is listening to the guidance of the people who are educated and do this for a living."
Fires are a natural part of many boreal forest ecosystems, but the massive blaze raging in Alberta is a catastrophe that threatens human health, the economy and the environment. This current episode in the Fort McMurray area is remarkable in its size, extent and human impact. Data from the Global Forest Watch platform provide context on what's going on with Alberta's forest fires
May is on track to be the 12th consecutive hottest month globally ever recorded. The day the fires raced into Fort McMurray, Alta., set 24 different temperature records, including a record-breaking 32.6 degrees Celsius in Fort McMurray (20 degrees above normal) and a scorching 4.8 degrees above the previous record set in 1945. These tinder-dry conditions helped lead to one of the earliest wildfire seasons in Alberta's history and fuelled the fire that raged through the city.
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Why does Elizabeth May get a media beating for stating we have another terrible example of our need to be very, very serious about climate change? Just like other catastrophic events, a given tragedy is proportional to the tough questions that necessarily follow. "But not now"? May was immediately berated by Justin Trudeau, other politicians, some of the media and social media. The charge? She was "trying to make a political argument out of one particular disaster." How's that? Stating that climate change is political, instead about science, is exactly the problem.
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Fellow friends, as we care deeply and mourn the great losses of our friends in far-flung parts of this great nation, as we grieve for Fort McMurray -- as we grieve for others: may we never forget that it is the care that binds our hearts together, knitted tightly and perhaps even eternally with cords of love and compassion.
Most McMurrayites, myself included, are still coming to grips with what is happening in our town. Most of us left in a hurry, despite wanting to hold on to every last moment we possibly could. Maybe there was one more thing we as an individual could accomplish to save our city. And that's what was running through my mind as I drove north. I couldn't help but think that I could have stayed longer, provided just a little bit more coverage, before I fled. But it didn't happen. We had to go, just like everyone else, and we didn't go willingly.
Most of the damage in 2015 occurred in a single park.
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The people who have been relocated in Saskatchewan come from Northern communities with higher rates of poverty than the rest of the province. This is the predicted pattern of the repercussions from climate change, as remote communities with less infrastructure are more prone to its effects.
SASKATOON - The wildfires in northern Saskatchewan have been burning since late May, leaving forests charred and barren and forcing wildlife to find new homes.Animals such as elk, deer, moose and bear...
Wildfires have forced thousands of people from about 50 communities in northern Saskatchewan.
Earth is clearly experiencing more frequent extreme weather than in the past, and we can expect it to get worse as we burn more coal, oil and gas and pump more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This can have profound and costly impacts on everything from agriculture to infrastructure, not to mention human health and life.
Particulate matter in Beijing was at 144 µg/m3 compared to 112 µg/m3 in Burnaby.
The photos are other-worldly.
After Vancouverites woke up to a hazy-looking sky on Sunday morning due to wildfires across the province, even more smoke filled their views. According to News 1130, a fire broke out on the north side...
There were 110 active fires in Saskatchewan on Wednesday, and of them, only about 10 were contained.
The Keepers of the Athabasca want to know if the NDP will consider revising water use rules in light of extreme conditions induced by climate change. The group argues current rules are based "on our once vibrant past when water was plentiful."
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VANCOUVER - Five things to know about the 2015 wildfire season expected in Western Canada:1. Experts contend El Nino is responsible for an early wildfire season that's predicted to contribute to an ab...
VANCOUVER - Experts are blaming El Nino for speeding up nature's clock and forcing firefighters to deploy weeks ahead of normal to battle wildfires across rural Western Canada.They say the natural phe...