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Firefighters battling a blaze in the province of Oristano in Sardinia, Italy, on July 25. Photo: Emanuele Perrone/Getty Images

A wildfire that has burnt at least 50,000 acres of land forced more than 1,000 residents and tourists to evacuate parts of western Sardinia, Italy, over the weekend, according to the New York Times.

The big picture: Multiple farms and private properties have been destroyed by the fire, which started Saturday near the village of Bonacardo in the province of Oristano and has quickly spread near multiple other towns.

  • More than 7,000 firefighters and volunteers have responded to the fire, and the European Union has deployed four forest firefighting planes after Italy requested assistance, according to the Guardian.
  • The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The big picture: Italy is experiencing an above-average fire season this year, registering almost 13,000 more wildfires than last year, according to the Times.

  • High temperatures are extending into the winter months because of climate change, contributing to longer fire seasons and increased fuel loads in the summer.

Go deeper: Wildfires in U.S., Siberia are unusually intense, setting emissions records

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Sep 16, 2021 - Health

Italy to mandate COVID health pass for all workers

Italian minister of public administration Renato Brunetta. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

The Italian government mandated on Thursday that all workers must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's announcement is one of the strictest pandemic measures in the world and makes Italy the first country in Europe to introduce such a sweeping mandate, per Reuters.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.

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Race and technology in America

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.