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EU Warns of Dire Climate Season Ahead With Droughts, Fires

The fire burns on a hill near Korydallos, west of Athens, early Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Dozens of firefighters, are battling a brush fire west of Athens. No injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
The fire burns on a hill near Korydallos, west of Athens, early Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Dozens of firefighters, are battling a brush fire west of Athens. No injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Brussels (AP) -- The European Union's executive warned on Thursday that the continent is facing one of its toughest years when it comes to natural disasters like droughts and wildfires because of increasing climate change.

With extremely dry weather hitting several Mediterranean nations, EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič told legislators on Thursday that “the present drought in Europe could become the worst ever.” Fires ravaging huge swaths of countryside only acerbate the climate crisis, he said.