natural disasters

Jun. 10, 2022

Hundreds of Native Olive Trees Burned in Balochistan Wildfires

After two weeks of extensive blazes burning the forests of western Pakistan, authorities are beginning to estimate the damage to the olive sector.

May. 26, 2022

Droughts Are More Frequent, Lasting Longer and Accelerating Water Shortages, U.N. Says

By 2030,700 million people will be at risk of displacement due to drought. Shifting to plant-based diets is among the solutions.

May. 25, 2022

Study: Decades of Heatwaves Have Gone Unreported

New research shows that many extreme events have not been investigated as researchers warn that such phenomena are becoming more frequent.

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May. 16, 2022

Record Heatwave and Drought in Pakistan Threaten Crops and Olive Farming

The unprecedented heatwave also has caused glacial floods and power outages. Further temperature rises are expected.

Feb. 11, 2022

Campaign Aims to Replant Olive Trees of Olympia

Thousands of olive tree saplings will be handed out to local farmers to replant in the charred olive groves of Ancient Olympia.

Jan. 21, 2022

Greece to Compensate Olive Growers Impacted by Summer Fires

Full-time olive growers are expected to receive approximately €100 per destroyed olive tree, with half of the amount paid in advance.

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Sep. 1, 2021

Italian Olive Growers Suffer Through Long Summer of Drought, Wildfires

Coldiretti estimates that wildfires cost the Italian agriculture sector at least €1 billion in damage. Olive growers blame climate change for longer, hotter and drier summers.

Aug. 24, 2021

Algerian Farmers in ‘State of Shock’ After Week of Deadly Fires

While the damage to olive groves has yet to be fully assessed, some experts believe the fires will impact the 2021 harvest and prices.

Aug. 23, 2021

Thousands of Hectares of Olive Trees Burned to Ashes Across Southern Turkey

Producers worry that the country’s worst wildfires in recent memory are a symptom of climate change, and that the government is not adequately preparing for future fires.

Aug. 20, 2021

Wildfires Devastate Agricultural Land in Turkey

Large areas in the south and southwest of the country have been reduced to ashes after dozens of wildfires erupted in the country.

Aug. 17, 2021

Heatwave, Deadly Fires Threaten the Approaching Olive Harvest in Greece

The ongoing drought has led to wildfires burning around the country, damaging olive trees, and further diminishing the prospects of the 2021 harvest.

Jul. 29, 2021

Millenary Olive Tree Destroyed in Sardinian Wildfires

A massive wildfire on the island destroyed 20,000 hectares of land, including many olive groves and one of Italy's most ancient olive trees.

Apr. 13, 2021

Spring Freeze Devastates Crops in Europe

Unseasonably cold weather damaged blossoming olive trees in France, Greece and Italy. The full extent of the damage will be known in the coming weeks.

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Jan. 13, 2020

Drought, Not Fire, Remains the Bane of Australian Olive Growers

Australia's olive growers have mostly been spared from the wildfires that have been ravaging the country. Persistent drought, however, continues to cause concern.

Sep. 28, 2018

Fire in Tuscan Countryside, Thousands of Olive Trees Up in Smoke

A massive wildfire on Mount Serra, in the province of Pisa, devastated a huge area of woodland and ten thousand olive trees.

Apr. 19, 2018

Landslide in Western Greece Sweeps Olive Trees Away

About 2,500 centenarian olive trees were swallowed by the tumbling soil.

Oct. 23, 2017

Wildfires Not Expected to Impact Record Olive Oil Production in California

The 2017 harvest is on track for a record production of 4.3 million gallons, according to the California Olive Oil Council.

Oct. 10, 2017

'Apocalyptic' Scenes in Napa and Sonoma

Communities along Northern California's famous wine region have been ravaged by wildfires that came out of nowhere.

Jul. 10, 2017

Wildfire Destroys Grove in Turkey

In an ironic twist of fate, Turkey's olive trees had just been saved from proposed changes to the country's “olive law” when they went up in flames.

Feb. 14, 2017

South African Olive Farmers Feel the Heat as Wildfires Take Their Toll

South Africa's olive industry is set to take a blow from recent wildfires that have plagued the Western Cape region, an area home to most of the country's olive farms.

Aug. 26, 2016

Earthquake in Central Italy: How to Help

In a race against time, the search continues unabated in the hope of finding people still alive.

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