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February 21, 2012
Peat fires could accelerate climate change
Vancouver BC (SPX) Feb 21, 2012
In 1997, a forest fire in Indonesia ignited an area of peatlands that smouldered for months. By the time it was over, the fire had released greenhouse gases equal to 20 to 40 percent of the total worldwide emissions that year from fossil fuels. But that could be a drop in the bucket compared to future emissions from peat fires. Indonesian peatlands are dwarfed by Canada's. The total area of all peatland in Canada is estimated to be about twice the size of Saskatchewan. At this week's meeting ... read more

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Leaders of an activist group of indigenous Mapuche people in Chile on Tuesday denied government accusations that they might have set a forest fire that killed seven firefighters last week. ... more
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Leaders of an activist group of Chilean indigenous Mapuche people Tuesday denied government accusations they might have set a forest fire that killed seven firefighters last week. ... more
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Chile blaze claims six firefighters
Six Chilean firefighters died Thursday and four were injured tackling one of a series of wildfires that President Sebastian Pinera says were intentionally lit by criminals. ... more
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Chile fires spread as police investigate origins
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New fire outbreak kills one in Chile
A new forest fire has claimed one life in southern Chile just hours after firefighters tamed a massive blaze that consumed 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres) in Patagonia, officials said Monday. ... more
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New forest fire outbreak kills one in Chile
A new forest fire has claimed one life in southern Chile just hours after firefighters tamed a massive blaze that consumed 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres) in Patagonia, officials said Monday. ... more
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Firefighters make inroads against Chile wildfire
Firefighters in Chile made inroads Sunday in their battle against a massive wildfire that has consumed 30,000 acres (12,500 hectares) of a national park that is one of the jewels of Patagonia, officials said Sunday. ... more
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Chile wildfire under control: president
Hundreds of firefighters in Chile have successfully brought under control a massive blaze that consumed 30,000 acres (12,500 hectares) of a national park in Patagonia, the government said Sunday. ... more
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Israeli tourist held over massive Chile wildfire
Chilean investigators Saturday arrested and later freed on bond an Israeli tourist they believe inadvertently set off a massive wildfire that has ravaged a wide swath of pristine forest in Patagonia. ... more
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Huge wildfire shutters Chile national park
Chile closed Friday one of its most popular national parks in peak hiking season after a massive wildfire ravaged tens of thousands of acres of pristine Patagonia and showed no signs of abating. ... more
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Fire destroys 1,500 hectares of Patagonia forest
A fire has destroyed or seriously damaged 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of vegetation in a Patagonia nature preserve in southern Chile, forcing the evacuation of 400 people, officials said Thursday. ... more
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