AFP - Greece's lethal forest fires of last year are set to become the norm across the Mediterranean thanks to climate change, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned Thursday.
Nearly 70 people were killed and 150,000 hectares (370,000 acres) of forest burnt to the ground in last August's fires, which were exacerbated by failings in the Greek firefighting emergency services.
The meeting of more than 30 experts on the subject agreed unanimously that higher temperatures, prolonged droughts and fierce storms would leave the forests more combustible.
Berahmouni called for action before it was too late to halt a "vicious circle" where less forest coverage due to climate change risks exacerbating the effects of global warming.
RLCC Comment: The so called experts and leaders are thinking way too small and way too slowly.
Things should have been dramatically altered back in the 1970's rather than heading off down the idiotic laissez-faire corporatist-capitalists path of Thatcher and Reagan.
Only the largest unselfish, cooperative effort in the history of the human race will now head off violent climate change. Only by completely demilitarizing and putting all the resources into stabilizing the environment will we be doing the smartest/best work and reaping the fruits of such intelligent seeds.
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