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TOPIC: Bushfires - Australia
#193561
Barney

Bushfires - Australia 3 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
Catastrophic danger is being forecast for Sydney - the capital of New South Wales.

With a current population of c5.5 million - this location has been inhabited for over 30,000 years.

Hopefully this site's poster and Sydney resident - Hedda - has avoided the worst trouble.

And is safely surviving the extreme devastation occurring in surrounding areas.


 
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#193580
Barney

Re:Bushfires - Australia 3 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
Temperatures are expected to reach 40°c soon around Sydney, with winds of 60kph - so things aren't getting any better.

150 homes burned to the ground, with three fatalities. Nearly 100 aircraft are assisting in the efforts to prevent more fires.

Worst ever bushfires, and maybe the most devastating affect of global warming.

Next 24 hours are critical - with livestock being urgently evacuated, as well as people.


 
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#193583
Jo

Re:Bushfires - Australia 3 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
It seems a very serious situation. I hope hedda is OK.
 
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#193644
Barney

Re:Bushfires - Australia 2 Weeks, 6 Days ago  
Still continuing with slightly lesser intensity - but with c45°c temperatures.

Worst Australian bushfires ever - who could argue against climate change now?

Glaciers melting fast in Greenland, and 80% of Venice under water.


 
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#193663
hedda

Re:Bushfires - Australia 2 Weeks, 5 Days ago  
Jo wrote:
It seems a very serious situation. I hope hedda is OK.

hedda (for it is she/he) lives at Bondi Beach and there are no fires there..it's almost in the centre of the city.

However..the sky yesterday was a horrible red colour and full of smoke and like quite Armageddon was upon us.

I went to a bar overlooking the beach.
 
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#193686
Jo

Re:Bushfires - Australia 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
Good to hear this.
 
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#193799
Re:Bushfires - Australia 2 Weeks ago  
Barney
You have been misled.

1) The bushfires this month in Australia are not the worst on record. The 2002-2003 season was worse in Sydney (I was there for that one too). The 2009 “Black Saturday” bushfire in Victoria killed over 170 people.

2) The cause of bushfires is not limited to lightning strikes and other natural causes. Arson plays a part, and the police in NSW have arrested at least a couple of people and charged them with arson, over the last week.

3) Sky News Australia (www.skynews.com.au/details/_6085215683001) reported that a recent NASA study found that in the last 18 years bush fires in terms of land burned have decreased not increased.

4) The increased INTENSITY of bushfires over the last 20 years is in no small part due to concerted action from Greens and other activists prevailing on local councils to prevent farmers and other landowners from carrying out preventive “burn-offs”. (In many parts of Australia, green policies forbid farmers and landowners from cutting down trees on their property because the trees on their land supposedly act as a ‘carbon sink’) This has increased the land’s “fuel load”, so when a bushfire comes through there is so much more of it to burn. As in the U.S. — what is really making these fires so destructive is poor management. Australian states that burn off the underbrush in rotation – such as Western Australia – experience far less wildfire damage.

In the Rural Fire Service graph at s3.amazonaws.com/jo.nova/graph/land/fires/fire-sw-wa-17.gif the prescribed burns in WA declined for forty years and wildfires increased for thirty. After the Dwellingup Fire in 1961 the state ramped up the preventative burns, and reduced wildfires.
As the BushFireFront team says: “We can’t control the weather but we can control the fuel loads”

5) The temperatures in Australia are not increasing. See joannenova.com.au/2019/11/raw-data-bombs...a-since-world-war-i/ I can send you other references if you need them.
 
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