Germany: Drought forces change to crop crowing
In Germany, farmers are struggling with the impact of heatwaves and drought. Jonas Schulze Niehoff in eastern Germany is no exception. Alongside the traditional grains and potatoes, he's now testin...
France: Volunteer firefighters charged with arson
After a series of devastating wildfires that impacted during Europe's heatwave, French investigators have been trying to piece together what started the blazes. Over the past week, authorities char...
Germany's Rhine River slows to a trickle
The Rhine is dwindling down to a trickle, devastating Germany's environment and economy. Large parts of the country have seen hardly any rain this summer. Germany's longest river has less water tha...
Extreme heat forces early start to Champagne harvest
The harvesting of grapes in France's Champagne region and in vineyards across the country has already begun, far earlier in the season than is normal – a result of the extreme heat seen across Euro...
France considers purifying wastewater to ease drought
After a summer of record-high temperatures, severe drought and raging forest fires, could water from the sewers soon become a vital resource in France? At one treatment plant in Narbonne, new equip...
Flames closing in on villages in northern Portugal
While Portugal remains on alert over the risk of forest fires, Spain's PM says that the country has to prepare for more summers like this one and a "climate emergency".
Drought reveals lost Stonehenge
Weeks of drought have uncovered long-submerged archaeological relics around the world. They include ancient Buddhist statues in China and a rock formation known as the Spanish Stonehenge.
Portugal blaze finally under control
A fire that broke out on Friday 19 August in Ourem, in the district of Santarem, was brought under control according to the authorities on Saturday.
Watch: Fire crews battle to save Spanish chapel
Firefighters struggled to control the Bejis blaze in the Valencia region and video showed members of Spain's Military Unit trying to protect the Roman Catholic Chapel of Santa Cova in the village o...
Dozens killed as 'tornado of fire' hits
At least 41 people have been killed in forest fires in Algeria, as emergency crews battle a string of fires across the nation. Locals have said it is like a "tornado of fire" that swept away everyt...
Dozens killed in Algeria forest fires
At least 26 people died and dozens of others were injured in forest fires that ravaged 14 districts of northern Algeria on Wednesday, the interior minister said.
Passengers jump from train engulfed by flames
As many as 20 passengers have suffered burns, three of them seriously, after they jumped from a train when it was engulfed by a forest fire near Castellón in north-east Spain. The train stopped whi...
Firefighters hurt as blaze rips through Valencia countryside
Three firefighters were injured on Wednesday north of Valencia city, the day after a train driver took evasive action to avoid the flames. 10 passengers were hurt in the panic.
'Terrible record': Europe's worst ever fire season
The Spanish capital's emergency services received hundreds of calls about the smell of burning, while a satellite image shows a column of smoke spreading from Portugal.
Extreme heat threatens nuclear power plants
Heat waves are affecting France’s nuclear power plants, which account for 70% of the country's power production. The high temperatures mean only some of them can be kept operating.
Rocky beach emerges at famed Lake Garda
Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake and major tourist destination, as well as many lakes and rivers in northern Italy, is suffering from severe drought that has gripped the country for months.
Hungary reports its driest summer since 1901
Much of Europe has faced weeks of baking temperatures that have triggered large wildfires, drained water levels of the Rhine River in Germany and seen the source of Britain's River Thames dry up fu...
Europe facing summer like 'never before'
Parts of Europe are suffering under what may be their worst drought in centuries as record-high temperatures and long periods without rainfall have significantly impacted parts of the continent.
Fears French rivers will run dry
Households across France have been ordered to restrict their water usage as the country endures its driest summer since records began. Much of the country has recorded 95% lower than normal rainfal...
Reinforcements arrive at French wildfires
French firefighters fear thunderstorms and strong winds could reignite an inferno in the southwest. Officials say the fire has not spread significantly overnight but that could change quickly. More...
Drought declared as UK suffers through heatwave
A drought has been declared across large parts of England. Nine of the past 12 months have been drier than normal across the UK. England suffered its driest July since 1935, with only 35 percent of...
Deteriorating weather hits France fire zone
Firefighters from across Europe have teamed up with their French counterparts to help battle several wildfires, including in the south-west of the country.
France facing 'monster' wildfire, extreme conditions
France has deployed a thousand firefighters to stop what is being described as a "monster" wildfire. It has scorched more than seven thousand hectares of forest since Tuesday. The French prime mini...
Three day heatwave hits UK
Unused to high temperatures, the United Kingdom is grappling with how to adjust to this summer’s extreme heat. As the temperature rises, so does the demand for air conditioning in U.K. homes.
Germans rush to prepare for electricity rationing
Solar panels, insulation and electric heaters have been selling quickly as “energy sobriety” becomes the new watchword in Germany. Some analysts fear a tripling of gas prices this winter. FRANCE 24...
Ten thousand evacuated in France wildfires
Europe's latest heat wave has farmers scrambling to save their livelihoods as wildfires and drought wreck havoc.
Europe's drought could be the 'worst in 500 years'
"Just to give you an idea the 2018 drought was so extreme that, looking back at least the last 500 years, there were no other events similar to the drought of 2018, but this year I think it is real...
Germany drought: River Rhine water levels fall to critical lows
The Rhine is one of Germany's key water routes for transporting goods, and vessels with bigger drafts might not be able to use the river if levels continue to fall.
Huge wildfire in southwest France flares
A fire that destroyed thousands of hectares of tinder-dry forest in southwest France has flared again amid a fierce drought and the summer's latest wave of extreme heat, officials said Wednesday.