Wildfires have been spreading across California all summer. Hundreds of thousands of acres are already scorched, and the conditions are ideal fuel for more devastating blazes. Over 80 percent of California is in the midst of an exceptionally severe drought as a result of erratic weather patterns caused by climate change.
US aid to Israel has been blocked by Republican senators, who have concerns that support for America’s “number one ally” would increase the country’s debt. The aid, worth $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system, was included in a proposed “border aid bill” worth a total of $2.7 billion, which was also intended to help fight wildfires in America’s Western states.