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Canadian village razed by wildfire wrestles with climate-proofing its future

Climate change intensifies the risk of destructive weather and events like wildfires. Image: REUTERS/Paul Darrow (CANADA DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY ENVIRONMENT)

Nia Williams
Senior Reporter, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Tricia Thorpe and her husband Don Glasgow stand in the footprint of their former home, a year after a wildfire entirely destroyed the western Canadian village of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada.
Tricia Thorpe and her husband Don Glasgow stand in the footprint of their former home, a year after a wildfire entirely destroyed the western Canadian village of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada. Image: REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier
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Insured damage for severe weather events across Canada hit C$2.1 billion in 2021. Image: Reuters Graphics

Chart showing total hectares burned by wildfire in British Columbia.
2.1 million acres of land was destroyed by wildfires in British Columbia in 2021. Image: Reuters Graphics
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