natural disasters

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.

Jan. 17, 2022

2021 Was Earth’s Fifth Hottest Year, Scientists Say

The annual average temperature in 2021 exceeded the modern average by 0.3 ºC, scientists at Europe’s Copernicus climate change service found.

Jan. 4, 2022

Extreme Weather Cost Billions in Damage in 2021, Study Finds

Extreme weather events around the planet severely impact people and ecosystems. Now, researchers have calculated the economic costs.

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Dec. 18, 2021

Catalonia Pledges €1M to Filomena Recovery, Rejects Most Aid Requests

Local olive farmers are angry after 65 percent of applications for recovery aid were rejected. They argue the authorities are underestimating long-term damage.

Sep. 28, 2021

Study: Human Activity Increased Likelihood and Severity of July Floods in Western Europe

The World Weather Attribution Initiative concluded that human-caused climate change increased the likelihood of the historic flooding by as much as 20 percent.

Sep. 14, 2021

Catalonian Farmers Seek More Aid to Recover from Filomena

A local farmers’ association said that the original damage estimates were calculated prematurely and additional losses have accrued.

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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.

Jan. 15, 2021

Producers Warn of 'Incalculable Damage' in Wake of Filomena

Asaja Madrid estimates that the region's olive harvest will fall by 35 percent as a result of the blizzard.

Jan. 11, 2021

Historic Blizzard Threatens Olive Groves in Spain

Storm Filomena dropped up to 50 centimeters of snow across central and northern Spain over the weekend. Depending on how temperatures evolve over the next few days, olive groves could experience significant damage.

Oct. 8, 2020

Harvest Underway in California Amid Historic Wildfires, Covid Concerns

Producers are predicting smaller yields than last year. The record wildfires appear to have had a minimal effect on the state's olive farmers.

Sep. 25, 2020

Italy Approves Aid for Mills Hit by 2018 Snow Storm

Italy pledged €8 million to help mills and processing cooperatives affected by the Burian snow storm.

Aug. 7, 2020

Farmers, Politicians Blame Each Other as Wildfires Burn in Puglia

Farmers have blamed the rapid spread of the wildfires on dead olive trees that were killed by Xylella fastidiosa and never removed by local governments. Some politicians have insinuated that these trees are being intentionally burned.

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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.

Jul. 14, 2016

Research Shows Leccino Less Susceptible to Xf

According to a new study, the Leccino olive variety appears to be ‘tolerant’ to the attack of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium that has wiped out large swaths of Italian olive-growing regions.

Jul. 27, 2015

European Commission Publishes Xylella Fastidiosa Factsheet

The document points out that Xylella fastidiosa is one of the world’s deadliest plant bacteria and the only confirmed outbreak in the EU is in Apulia.

Jul. 21, 2015

As California Grapples with Water Shortage, Olive Oil Producers See an 'Up Year'

Despite a wrenching drought and a widening debate over California's water supply, forecasts for the 2015 olive harvest are surprisingly upbeat.

May. 6, 2015

Drought Rages On in California

While golf courses and cemetery lawns go brown and cars get dirty, no cutbacks were imposed on the huge agriculture industry.

Apr. 19, 2015

Olive Tree Felling Starts in Apulia Amid Protests

The destruction of the trees follows a controversial proposal to cut down 11 million olive trees to contain the spread of the deadly bacterium.

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