Suburbs of Athens are in ashes
Fire everywhere
Why so many fires?
Unprecedented heat
Wind and drought
Fires cross the border into Turkey
European aid
Devastation and economic damages
Danger of collapse
Summers above 40º
Scorched landscapes
Threat to Olympia
Devastation on mainland and islands
What can we do?
Fighting for every inch of territory
A terrible summer for part of the Mediterranean coastline
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Suburbs of Athens are in ashes

Several areas of Greece are on fire. It is an immense wave of blazes: in the past week, nearly 200 fires were observed, and on one day as many as 118 were added to the count. August 2021 has started in the worst way for the struggling southern European country.

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Fire everywhere

Fires began blazing in the north of the country, but they have now also reached the gates of Athens. In the image is a residential neighbourhood near the Greek capital. The Peloponnese peninsula in the south is also burning.

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Why so many fires?

The proliferation of fires in Greece is a recurring problem, summer after summer. This year's particular severity has an explanation: record temperatures. Greece is facing extreme heat, with 47'1º Celsius (116.78°F) measured in the northern town of Lagadas.

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Unprecedented heat

Greece is a hot territory in summer, but experts say that a heat wave of the current calibre has never occurred before. They explain it with the climate crisis, which causes persistent extreme temperatures in places where they were once episodic.

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Wind and drought

To the explosive cocktail of Greek summer and climate change, add drought and strong winds to create even more dangerous situations. The winds are fanning the sources of fires and complicating their extinction.

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Fires cross the border into Turkey

The fires have sprung mostly in Greece, but neighbouring Turkey, subject to the same extreme heat wave, is also seeing blazes in some areas. The image shows a charred area in the Turkish region of Savaştepe.

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European aid

The disaster is of such intensity that The Netherlands and Spain have sent troops to help fight the fires.

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Devastation and economic damages

Some areas are literally and entirely destroyed. Houses have been turned into ruins and ash, causing an economic cost that is yet to be fully calculated. In terms of income, Greece depends on a tourism industry that obviously came to a halt as soon as the fires started to get out of control.

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Danger of collapse

The fires have forced hundreds of people to evacuate. Authorities fear a collapse of the power grid, as the Kemerkoy thermoelectric plant has been threatened by the flames.

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Summers above 40º

There are people who continue to insist that phenomena like this (extreme heat and fires) have occurred before. And that's true. But scientists point out that high temperatures are particularly persistent in the past years. It's just not sustainable to have a summer with days over 40º Celsius (104º F) at a near-daily basis, as is happening in Greece and Turkey lately.

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Scorched landscapes

The fires leave behind a succession of scorched landscapes that will take years to revive.

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Threat to Olympia

The fires threaten emblematic places like Olympia whose ruins form an invaluable world heritage site. Firefighters and volunteers try their best to keep the blazes from reaching into the archaeological site.

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Devastation on mainland and islands

While the mainland of Greece burns, there are also very powerful fires on islands such as Kos, Rhodes and Euboea.

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What can we do?

Experts are saying that the climate crisis and global warming should have a much greater presence on the political and institutional agenda. Fires like those in Greece show that action is urgent.

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Fighting for every inch of territory

Despite the efforts of firefighters and volunteers, the blazes win too many times.

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A terrible summer for part of the Mediterranean coastline

Coasts like those of Turkey (in the image) witness the demise of their dreams of economic recovery by summer tourism after a year of pandemic. In Greece, everything burns, from the forests to the cities. And it's not over yet: large areas of Italy and Macedonia are also expected to see extreme temperatures in the weeks to come.

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