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Fire update
The fires in Australia are still catastrophic. Some have been burning since September. So far the estimate is that ONE BILLION animals have been killed, 24 people have died, and 2000 houses, plus farms, farm buildings, vehicles have been destroyed. And an area the size of the country of Ireland has been totally ravaged. The fire fronts and locations are many, but what is unique is the size and intense ferocity of these blazes, unlike any before. And it is heartbreaking to see the animals which are too slow to escape...the koalas particuarly.
Vast areas of the land, and cities, are covered in dense, suffocating smoke, which is a serious health hazard, and a toxic plume of this smoke has enveloped New Zealand, and moved across the Pacific to poison the air above Chile and Argentina.

It feels really apocalyptic to wear masks to go outside, and to have streaming eyes. At least we are lucky..we have a house still standing, and my husband has not been burned On the fire grounds.
I really hope Australia's 2020 is going to show significant improvement from this.

6 comments

Steve Paxton said:

I agree this is so bad and should no be allowed to continue. the cost to the bush is trees but its also all the insect animal life that is also affected. I know the world dont see this as part of there problem but the amount of smoke, loss of animals and oxygen producers in the end will effect us all.
2 years ago

Diana Australis replied to Steve Paxton:

It is absolutely appalling Steve. Whole giant ecosystems are being exterminated.....to our detriment. It will never be the same. I feel broken hearted.
2 years ago ( translate )

tiabunna said:

It really is a dreadful start to the year and, unfortunately, exactly what Garnaut was predicting about 12 years ago. You might be interested in this article written by a friend, which appeared in our local online news source: www.beagleweekly.com.au/post/how-good-are-the-fires
2 years ago

Diana Australis replied to tiabunna:

I enjoyed reading the article, George. It really says it all.
I have felt very depressed with the fire and climate chaos....we know people here in the hills who lost their home in the 21 day blaze here. We know you (or sort of do!) ...and this represents the whole sorry situation we find ourselves in. The existential nature of our natural world has shifted here in Australia. In Canberra, choking in smoke reinforced all that too.
I keep thinking of you and hoping you two are safe.
Diana xxxx
2 years ago

Christa1004 said:

Australia has a hard fate, last year the North East with the unprecedented floods, and now with the fires! It's a human, animal and economic disaster. What can I say, I feel so very sorry and heartbroken when I think to your situation. I only hope that very soon the rain will fall and keep thinking of you, Diana (and the others).
2 years ago

Diana Australis replied to Christa1004:

This is an apocalyptic wake up call to us all. I think that Australia’s geography places it in a vulnerable situation for climate change induced problems, and this is exacerbated by long term extractive, exploitative and destructive mismanagement of its natural resources. I think it has become the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the world..
Thanks for your thoughts,Christa xxx
2 years ago