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Hawaii: Growing threat of ‘devastating’ fires as island landscape dries and warms

Devastating blazes, once a rarity across Hawaii, are increasing in furiousness and scale, driving a 400% increase in average area burned across the archipelago in the last century.

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Climate change is common thread for heat and smoke crises

Human-caused climate change is making high temperatures more common and intensifying the dryness that fuels catastrophic wildfires.
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Britain’s record holding climber says Everest is 'dry, more rocky'

Mount Everest is losing snow and turning "dry and rocky", British climber Kenton Cool, who made his 17th ascent of the world’s highest peak this week, the most by a foreigner, said on Saturday.
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El Niño extremely likely to impact Australian summer, US scientists predict

Eastern Australia looks set for a drier winter and spring as a US federal agency predicts an “extremely high likelihood” of an El Niño developing later in the year.

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Spring wildfires in the eastern US got off to a roaring start this year

It may not be as dramatic as when the West burns, but an unseasonably warm, dry winter could make fire season longer and more intense.
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Greening the desert: the architect regenerating Jordan’s native forests

Guilt over her role in concreting the landscape led Deema Assaf to set up Tayyun, dedicated to reforesting one of the world’s most arid countries.

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Extreme wildfires make their own weather

Smoke from particularly large blazes can change local weather, making fires even worse. This could be bad news for fire-prone regions experiencing more frequent fires due to climate change.