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Bushfires in Australia (2020)

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Looking back at the 2019-2020 bushfires in Australia



Fire legacies – It’s widely accepted, including by two inquiries, that climate change was a significant factor in the Black Summer fires of 2019/20. But in the response to the fires, and in the opportunities for preparation in the years before, many human, political and systemic errors were made.  Journalist Bronwyn Adcock (@bronwyn_adcock) lived through the huge Currowan fire on the NSW South Coast, and in a new book has dissected it from every angle, including policy and politics.

Bushfires leave 470 plants and 200 animals in dire straits – government analysis
The history of fire in Australia — and how it can help us face the bushfires of the future
Tourism hit by bushfire crisis
After the inferno
Australia snubs Davos session on Australian fires – Politico
Australia fires: A visual guide to the bushfire crisis
The Age
Leaked report lays bare environmental devastation of Victorian fires – The Age
What if Australia Were Its Own Planet? – The Nation
Australia, where lies and conspiracy theories spread like bushfire – The Guardian
Ancient rock art at Carnarvon Gorge destroyed after walkway explodes in bushfire
A staggering 1 billion animals are now estimated dead in Australia’s fires – Vox
How to monitor the bushfires raging across Australia – The Conversation@AmandaGearing@ConversationEDU
Mourning a disappearing world as Australia burns – Globe and Mail
The pain and terror of these bushfires cannot be held in a single human heart – First Dog on the Moon

Saves Lives
Australians say ABC saved lives during summer bushfires, royal commission told

Key Links
bush fire outlook


Tasmanian Fire Service
Show Bushfires

Digital Earth Australia Hotspots

The Conversation
How to monitor
Facebook post

Tourists Return

Wildlife Recovery

Indigenous Burn


Kangaroo Island



Tourism Impact

Hottest Day Ever


Alpine History

Melbourne Air Quality

NSW Inquiry

Blue Mountains Recovery

Daily Show


Paul Parker

Embedded Tweets

Notes: Ronda Green: The scale of these disasters is almost beyond comprehensive. After one of the earliest disasters – the burning of the heritage ecolodge of Binna Burra and neighbouring forest last September, I prepared this document (which needs eating for other regions) on helping wildlife that survived the fire but are lacking food, and sometimes also water and shelter. wildlifetourism.org.au/helping-wildlife-after-fire


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