Into the fire: The alarming effects of climate change
Delhiwallas may have learnt to live with 43 degree heat, but Europe is wilting in the heat as a record heatwave continues to sweep across the northern hemisphere, causing forest fires, droughts and people to suffocate. Climate change is impacting what farmers can grow and what fishing boats can catch. As the planet gets warmer, some colder, northern regions in the world are benefiting from these changes, but the tropical and equatorial regions will be the worst hit
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The world lost tree cover of 2,94,000 sq km, the size of Italy in 2017 as forests were cleared using fire to make way for farms from the Amazon to Congo basin, according to Global Forest Watch. Forest destruction is driving climate change and will threaten efforts to slow global warming. Brazil, Congo, Indonesia, Madagascar and Malaysia suffered the most losses, as vast areas were cleared for soy, beef, palm oil and other globally-traded commodities.