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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fire in Spain's Canary Islands an 'ecological disaster'

BBC News - Fire in Spain's Canary Islands an 'ecological disaster': About 25% of the Garajonay nature reserve, a Unesco World Heritage site, has been destroyed by fire. The area measures about 750 hectares (1,853 acres).

The woodland is a unique ecosystem, believed to be millions of years old. Javier Gonzalez Ortiz, the Canary Islands' head of security and emergencies, described it as "an ecological disaster".

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