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Hi everyone,

For those who do not know, in Australia we have very dangerous bush fires with the latest disaster being the worst on record. Nearly 6,000,000 hectares, over 14,000,000 acres of land has been burned since September. At least 17 people have been killed to date. There is no end to this devastation in sight . Before Christmas, they were planning to fight the fires at least until the end of January. There are fires in every state and resources are stretched.

I would like to make a special mention of appreciation to our volunteer fire fighting heroes who selflessly give of themselves and thier loved ones to fight these fires.

Below is a map of where the fires are, plus, there is another brief article below the map which may be of interest.

https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au/

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/australia/australia-fires-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

Cheers.

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Hi BD

Sad to observe :notfair:  and impossible not to know about if you read/watch any news outlets. I saw a interview with some Norwegians, when they arrived home for Christmas after a 2 week volunteer deployment in NSW fighting fires, alongside Brits & Canadians.

I wish you guys down under all the best 🤞

cheers

Seems to create some political turmoil cut/paste from here https://greenlemon.me/guy-posted-a-tweet-thread-that-reveals-the-devastating-power-of-the-australian-bushfires/

Guy Posted A Tweet Thread That Reveals The Devastating Power Of The Australian Bushfires

January 4, 2020

It’s burning and still will for the next few months.

 

 

More than a million acres of rainforest were burnt in Amazon, but that was not enough to turn the head of the people.

Currently, more than 6 million acres of land has turned to ash in Australia with the fire showing no signs of stopping. Thousands of people are stranded on the beach and had to be evacuated by water and air as land access had been blocked with scorching fire. More than 400 million of wildlife creatures are gone, putting a huge dent on the native species.

Since September 2019, New South Wales has been experiencing bushfire which quickly grew severe.

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The country was supposed to experience rainfall at this moment, but the wind had blown that rainfall elsewhere, causing the land to dry up. Green Lemonwishes to raise awareness on this incident and this man’s tweet did the trick.

Bodie Ashton, a historian, took to Twitter to explain what is happening in Australia to the world.

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He also shared the harsh fact that these firefighters not only risked their lives but also won’t get enough pay to support themselves and their families.

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And then there’s the PM, Scott Morrison, who was blamed by many due to the crisis that is currently raging.

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The smoke from bushfire is also causing severe breathing problems and is equal to smoking a packet of cigarettes a day.

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Australia is facing losses and emergency situations not seen in years.

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Approximately 1300 houses have been burnt with 20 killed, including 3 volunteer firefighters. Australia worst bushfire was in February 2009 dubbed the ‘Black Saturday’ with 180 deaths and more than 2000 houses gone. The spread is lightning fast as grass fire burns much faster than forest fires or the average running speed of a human.

The size of bushfire in Australia is currently bigger than London.

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Here’s another way to see how vast the destruction of the bushfire is.

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Ashton added that the government should be addressing the climate change issue instead of relegating is as purely ‘political’. He further explained his points with more tweets under his thread.

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Ashton explained that as an Australian historian living in Germany, he just wants to help people visualize better what’s happening in Australia. As severe as it is, people don’t seem to understand how it’s directly affecting a large number of people. But it is and it will.

 

Australia-bushfire-wildlife-gone-1024x58 A third of the koala population has been burnt to death and experts are saying this could be the doom of native species on the land.

Ashton added that the fire is affecting millions of people in Australia and there are volunteers fighting and racing against time to curb it. He finally emphasizes that we can all do something to help them and one way is by donating to organizations who directly fight against fire and provide medical aids to people and wildlife.

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Hi Ande/All,

I woke up early this morning (2.30am) and thought I'd go outside for a walk before going back to sleep, only to find a strong smell of smoke in the air. Last night the media weather outlets were predicting Adelaide could have smoke haze from the fires in New South Wales, Victoria and Kangaroo Island.

Here is an article written yesterday on the disasters unfolding here in Australia.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/australia/australia-fires-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

Whilst I will stay out of the never ending political climate change debate and will refuse to be drawn into it, I found this interactive map to be interesting. Regardless of whatever you may see these fires are huge.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2019/dec/07/how-big-are-the-fires-burning-on-the-east-coast-of-australia-interactive-map

Fears of another megafire to break out soon.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/enormous-megafire-huge-blaze-threatens-to-merge-across-two-states/news-story/2891799b77674eddf576c0b62550218e

Here's an interesting picture of the aircraft used in our national firefighting fleet.

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/nafc-arena-help/2018+National+Fleet+Poster+A3.pdf

Cheers.

 

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