The number of hours spent tackling wildfires in Scotland has leapt by almost eight times in the last decade. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) say they need extra cash for helicopters to water-bomb the blazes. They blame climate change and a lack of fire breaks that can halt the spread of a fire. Official new data reveals an astonishing 750% increase in the time spent battling wildfires in the last decade, up from 626 hours in 2009/10, to 5,332 hours last year. Helicopters were drafted in to assist in two huge wildfires in the north of Scotland earlier this year, and fire chiefs are now demanding such support is more readily available.
Scotsman 29th July 2019 read more »
Starvation deaths of 200 reindeer in Arctic caused by climate change, say researchers.
Guardian 30th July 2019 read more »