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The Saddleworth Moor fire should prompt bold action on climate change

We must fight for local residents and emergency services to have the support they need. But we also have to consider what factors led to the fire—and take bold action to prevent more frequent extreme weather events

By Amelia Womack  

Firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor. Photo: PA

For four days the country has held its breath as one of the biggest fires in living memory spreads across Saddleworth Moor.

Scenes reminiscent of apocalyptic Hollywood films have unfolded in Greater Manchester as smoke chokes the city and firefighters bravely fight to keep flames barely 200 meters from people’s homes under control. By the time this piece is published, the damage is sure to be greater still.

The emergency services and an army of volunteers in Greater Manchester have…

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