Sep 6, 2021 - World

Wildfires prompt Greece to create climate crisis ministry

Firefighters battling a fire near Vilia, Greece, in August 2021.

Firefighters battling a fire near Vilia, Greece, in August 2021. Photo: Maria Chourdari/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Greece on Monday established a government ministry to respond to the effects of climate change after wildfires burned hundreds of square miles of land in the country this summer, according to AP.

Why it matters: The ministry will be responsible for combating wildfires, distributing disaster relief and creating policies to help the country adapt to the effects of climate change.

  • Christos Stylianides, the former European Union commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, was named the head of the new ministry.

The big picture: Heat waves across Europe in July and August contributed to massive wildfires that torched more than 385 square miles of land on the Greece island of Evia, according to AP.

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