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EU to buy forest firefighting planes as climate crises intensify

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By Kate Abnett BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union is in talks with manufacturers to buy firefighting planes to battle the increased risk of severe wildfires like those raging in Southern Europe, the bloc’s head of crisis management told Reuters. The EU’s emergency resources currently involves coordinating and funding the deployment of 12 firefighting airplanes and a helicopter pooled by EU countries. But as emergency requests are expected to grow because of climate change, the EU plans to invest in crisis-response aircraft, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said. “These …

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