The Hellenic Initiative Donates Funds to Protect Greece from Wildfires
The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has donated $50,000 to the non-profit foundation Desmos in Greece to strengthen the country’s defenses against chronic and devastating wildfires. The grant was made to seven volunteer firefighting groups on the island of Evia, by providing...
Over 180 European Firefighters to be Based in Greece Over the Summer
Greece will welcome over 180 firefighters from five European countries in the period July-August when wildfires are the most dangerous. The deployment is in the context of the firefighter's pre-positioning program that will be implemented again via the European Civil...
Greek-Americans Launch $11 Million XPRIZE Initiative to Combat Wildfires
Greek-American entrepreneurs have recently joined forces to launch the $11 million XPRIZE worldwide initiative to combat wildfires. XPRIZE Wildfire is a 4-year global competition that will provide funding to teams able to develop and demonstrate fully-autonomous capabilities to detect and...
Air Quality Sinks as Climate Change Accelerates
According to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the quality of air on earth will likely worsen due to an anticipated rise in frequency, intensity, and duration of heatwaves and wildfires. The WMO report indicates that heatwave...
NATO Firefighting Aircraft Arrive in Greece to Fight Wildfires
NATO sent firefighting aircraft and helicopters to Greece to help the country battle wildfires, the alliance said on Friday. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) said it is supporting Greece's firefighting efforts for the eleventh consecutive year. "Upon request of...
Fires Shaped the Landscape of Ancient Greece
Fires shaped much of the landscape in ancient Greece, set mostly by invaders in pre-classical times. Fires were also sometimes set by Greeks themselves. According to an article written by L.G. Liacos entitled "Present Studies and History of Burning in...
Wildfire Blazing For Second Day Near Rethymno, Crete
The Hellenic Fire Service had dealt with 51 forest fires in 24 hours by Friday night and kept battling with regional wildfires in Rethymno, Crete, until dawn,
Top Worst Incidents of Climate Change
In recent history, climate change has been at the forefront in contributing to hazards in weather cycles culminating in a multitude of worst incidents to mankind. With the long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns such as hurricanes, droughts and...
Climate Change: Wildfire Risk Has Grown Everywhere
As climate change makes hot and dry conditions—often termed “fire weather”—more common and severe, vegetation dries out and landscapes become more flammable, pushing up the odds of dangerous wildfires. By Stefan H Doerr, Cristina Santín, John Abatzoglou, Pep Canadell and Matthew William Jones Humans...
Greece’s Top Luxury Resorts Threatened by Wildfires
Two large wildfires are threatening Itea and Kranidi, two of Greece's top luxury resorts on Tuesday. The fire in Itea, a resort town in the southeastern part of Phocis, central Greece which broke out on Monday, is burning uncontrollably. Fanned by...