Global warming: why the Earth is burning


DECRYPTION – France, Greece, Sicily, Turkey, Canada or Siberia … Once again this summer, no region of the world seems spared by devastating forest fires.

Firefighters were still fighting Thursday against the fire that killed two and destroyed thousands of hectares of forests in the hinterland of Saint-Tropez. From Spain to Israel via Algeria or Turkey, spectacular fires are devastating the Mediterranean rim this summer. In Greece – where more than 100,000 hectares have gone up in smoke – or in Italy, the areas burned are at least twice the annual average of the past decade. And no region of the globe seems spared: fires have also devoured the forests of Siberia, California and Bolivia for weeks.

Mark Parrington, scientist from the European atmospheric monitoring service Copernicus, is struck by the “persistence” of these flames: “The fires in Siberia have been burning since mid-June and only seem to be receding now.” The same goes for North America. These disasters appear as concrete illustrations of the conclusions of the brand new report.

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