A huge wildfire has spread from California to Nevada – Phoenix had 21st days of temp above 43C, China has been hit by a typhoon said to be the stringest for years – parts of Beijing have severe flooding and rainfall of up to 580mm in one day. The Mediterranean countries seem to have got their fires under control although high winds are predicted. A word about the report from Greece that mist fires were the result of humans, has been eagerly reported by RWMedia. This is probably correct, but does not mean arson – just carelessness; I am also aware that the Greek Government has been severely cricised for its response to the fires and will be looking to pass the blame elsewhere. i am also aware of radio programmes in the UK getting people to phone in from across Northern Europe where the summer has been pretty miserable.

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