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Wow!


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People take shelter from golf ball-sized hail stones, as an intense storm batters Canberra. https://abcn.ws/30EnMXl
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Bushfire crisis: more than half of all Australians found to have been directly affected
A quarter of those in Australia Institute survey reported illness or health effects


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... 1579729812
As fire crews in New South Wales and Victoria prepare for the return of severe fire conditions later this week, the survey of more than 1,000 people found 57% of Australians were directly affected in some way by the fires over the past three months.

About a quarter of those surveyed (26%) reported illness or health effects as a result of smoke haze, while a third (33%) reported a change to routine – such as not jogging outside – as a result of the conditions.

About 15% said they had been forced to change or cancel holiday or travel plans, while 12% said regular places of business or leisure were closed as a result of the disruption.

:snippity:

The number of people reporting poor health as a result of the fires was highest in NSW, where 35% of those surveyed saying they had suffered illness such as breathing or respiratory problems because of the smoke. In Victoria, the figure was 29%, but the survey was taken from 8-12 January, before the hazardous levels of smoke haze hit Melbourne the following week.
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Fires continue in Australia. :(

Australia fires: massive fire near Canberra airport prompts warning to residents

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... once-again
About 5.30pm, residents of three Canberra suburbs were told it was too late to evacuate as the out-of-control blaze approached Beard, Oaks Estate and West Queanbeyan.

The 90-hectare fire burning out-of-control near Pialligo Redwood forest and south of Canberra airport was upgraded to emergency level about 5.30pm, but has since been reduced to a watch and act alert.

:snippity:

The ACT Emergency Services Agency told people to stay out of the area. The Queanbeyan railway line and a number of local roads had been closed.

:snippity:

Authorities said the fire was travelling in an easterly direction towards Beard. At 5.20pm they told residents to evacuate, but by 5.39pm authorities said it was now too late to leave.
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Australia capital airport closed as bushfires flare anew

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/202 ... -anew.html
Flights to and from Australia's capital were suspended around midday (0100 GMT) Thursday "to allow for aviation firefighting operations", a Canberra Airport spokesperson told AFP.

It was unclear how long services would be impacted but the terminal has not been evacuated, she said.

The Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency said the airport had been closed "due to current conditions".

An out-of-control blaze burning south of the airport was upgraded to an emergency level just before midday, with the agency advising residents it was "too late to leave" three suburbs in the path of the fire.
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:(
Three Americans dead after air tanker crashes while fighting Australia’s wildfires

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Three American crew members were killed after their aerial water tanker crashed while combating wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials have confirmed.

The C-130 Hercules Large Air Tanker is thought to have gone down in New South Wales’s Snowy Monaro region on Thursday. The aircraft belonged to Coulson Aviation, an aerial firefighting company contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
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Thousands of Ancient Aboriginal Sites Probably Damaged in Australian Fires
The sites are rich in cultural history, but the blazes might also reveal some unknown ones, say archaeologists

By John Pickrell, Nature magazine on January 27, 2020

Indigenous communities and archaeologists fear thousands of historic Aboriginal sites and artefacts have been damaged—or destroyed—by fires that have ravaged Australia. These places are essential for understanding the movement of people in Australia and hold huge value for Indigenous groups.

Since September, conflagrations have razed more than 10-million hectares of vegetation, mostly in the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria—one of the largest events on record.

Much of the area destroyed was in national parks and other forests, where tens of thousands of important Indigenous sites are found, including many that have not been officially recorded, says Tiina Manne, an archaeologist at the University of Queensland in the Gold Coast and the president of the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA), which represents the interests of the country’s archaeologists.

These sites show where people lived and how they moved across the landscape over tens of thousands of years, and have helped researchers understand the development of Aboriginal cultural practices, such as making rock art or carving canoes and shields from tree bark.


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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/moun ... -1.5444508

Endangered pink slugs found alive after bush fires.

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Haunting footage shows the rapid pace at which a fire spread within around three minutes in New South Wales, when winds picked up.

Fire crews quickly evacuated the immediate area, but remained nearby to continue fighting the blaze. https://abcn.ws/2vxIDQu
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HIgh winds in New South Wales.
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The NWS Great Falls office has not escaped unscathed from the powerful winds. We have lost, and continue to lose, a significant number of shingles off of our roof in the last few hours. We are hearing similar reports from around the region. Highest gust here is 82 mph.
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NSW and Canberra fires: more homes reported lost as wind and thunderstorms hit


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... 1580628474
In the Bega Valley in south-eastern NSW, the 177,000-hectare Border fire pushed north late on Saturday, while three other blazes in the south-west had merged into one.

The Bega Valley shire council mayor, Kristy McBain, said on Sunday more than 400 properties and homes had been lost after 34 days of fire activity in her area.

An unconfirmed number of homes were lost in Wyndham and Tantawangalo in the latest blazes.

She said: “It’s hard for people because this has been going on for 34 days and counting. We had homes lost on day one and day 34 we are still losing homes.”
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It has been reported that only* 2% of Australia has burnt in the last 3 months.

Last months worth of NSW fires can be seen by zooming in to the map of Newcastle to Victoria border at -
https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-informa ... es-near-me

* by a government climate change denier - who down plays the importance of that 2% and that most of the rest of the 98% is in drought.

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Dave at Sea wrote:
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Perspective

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-australia-50951043
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interesting compilation of facts!

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Video stories from within the fires - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-03/ ... s/11890458

Not for the faint hearted.

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RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:50 pm
Dave at Sea wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:18 pm
Perspective

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-australia-50951043
:like:
interesting compilation of facts!
It is indeed interesting, a neat, concise summary.

One fascinating graphics is of weekly fire detections (the animated red dots on the outline of Australia). It shows the fires flaring up over the entire island, especially the coastal zones. The huge inland regions are less affected but I suspect that's due to (1) a lot of it being desert or near-desert with little vegetation, and (2) a very small and sparse population so possibly under-reported. And while Australia is not as large as North America or even the US itself, it is nevertheless seriously biiig.

This is not just a combination of freak local conditions causing a disaster. Rather it's caused by global conditions which have toppled Australia first.

It's good to see these fires reported as an environmental disaster rather than a human tragedy. Obviously every life lost is a tragedy to the victim, family and friends, but the current death toll is minuscule compared with the scale of the conflagration, and much less than occurs when a poor third world country experiences a one-off event such as a tsunamis, mudslide, earthquake, ferry sinking or disease. Indeed, some crashes of overcrowded buses have caused more deaths than these fires!

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:yeah:

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Bushfires’ Unseen Victims
Ash and silt washed into rivers and coastal areas will choke underwater ecosystems

By Doug Johnson, Hakai Magazine on February 2, 2020

As wildfires ravage Australia’s land and forests, so far killing an estimated one billion terrestrial animals, researchers worry marine and freshwater species will become invisible victims.

More than 17.1 million hectares of land have burned across the country, with the worst fires currently raging in New South Wales and Victoria, states in the nation’s southeast, according to Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy (DEE). Adrian Meder, a marine campaigner at the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), says these fires are leaving behind a huge number of charred plants and a massive amount of ash.

Though Australia is in the midst of a massive drought, when the rain inevitably returns—as it already has in some regions—this organic matter will rush into rivers and flow into coastal lakes, estuaries, and seagrass and seaweed beds.

The free-flowing silt will get into fish’s gills and block sunlight that seagrass and seaweed beds need for photosynthesis, effectively strangling them. “It’s essentially like putting a shade cloth all over the entire system,” says Leonardo Guida, a shark campaigner with AMCS.

The slurry of potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen will also cause algae in the water to bloom. The algae will consume the oxygen in the water, suffocating species that rely on it.



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Heaviest rainfall in 30 years brings relief and new dangers to bush fire-hit Australia

PUBLISHEDFEB 10, 2020, 7:37 AM SGT

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (REUTERS) – A four-day downpour across Australia’s east coast has brought relief after months of devastating bush fires and years of drought, but also widespread storm damage and forecasts of more wild weather to come.

The weekend drenching represented the biggest sustained run of rainfall in Sydney and surrounding areas for 30 years, dousing some bush fires and replenishing depleted dams across New South Wales, the country’s most popular state.

Some rural areas received more rain in recent days than they had in the entirety of the past year – a startling and swift turnaround from the bush fires that have killed 33 people and ravaged large parts of the east coast.

“It’s amazing what the smell of the rain can do to people’s spirits,” Ben Shields, the mayor of the inland city of Dubbo, told Reuters on the phone.

Like many other rural towns, Dubbo has been beset by dust storms and subjected to water restrictions on the back of a three-year drought.


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Good news!
The flooding is putting out the fires!

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-02- ... s/11948158

I love a sun burnt country.. of drought and flooding rain..
https://www.dorotheamackellar.com.au/ar ... ountry.htm

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Don’t get me wrong - I much prefer the flooding to the fires!
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.
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113 animal species need "urgent" help after fires in Australia

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia- ... d=82218581
Researchers feared more than 1 billion animals were killed in the wildfires. While analyzing the destruction, the wildlife panel set the number of animal species requiring the highest priority in the coming weeks and months at 113. That includes 13 bird, 19 mammal, 20 reptile, 17 frog, five invertebrate, 22 crayfish and 17 fish species, Australia's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment said. Most of them saw at least a third of their range burn.

"Some species were considered threatened before the fires, and the fires have now likely brought them even closer to extinction," the panel said in a report accompanying the list.

:snippity:

The panel recommends two "priority actions" for high-priority species: on-ground surveys to determine the extent of population loss and protecting areas that haven't burned.

"Other interventions required for each species are best informed by species experts, and a detailed suite of actions at local and regional scales should be developed," the panel says.
Other plant and invertebrate species will be added to the list.
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Fires Left These Wallabies Nothing to Eat. Help Arrived From Above.
Tons of carrots and sweet potatoes have been dropped from a helicopter in Australia to feed the threatened marsupials.

Photographs and Text by Matthew Abbott
March 18, 2020

The helicopter known as the Squirrel is typically used to douse fires and shoot pests. But these days it has a new mission: scattering tons of carrots and sweet potatoes in New South Wales, Australia, for threatened wallabies on the brink of starvation.

A long-running drought had already drastically reduced the marsupials’ food supply. Then came the bush fires that devastated southeastern Australia in recent months.

“There was absolutely nothing left,” said Michaela Jones, a senior project officer at the National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales.

Some ecologists have estimated that more than a billion wild animals were lost in the fires that began burning in July and eventually blackened millions of acres. For threatened species like brush-tailed rock wallabies, conservationists have rushed to figure out ways to support local populations.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/worl ... fires.html

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Australian Court Overturns Sex Abuse Conviction of Cardinal George Pell
The cardinal was the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty of sexually abusing children.

By Livia Albeck-Ripka and Damien Cave
April 6, 2020, 8:20 p.m. ET

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty of sexually abusing children.

Cardinal Pell, who was the Vatican’s chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis, was sentenced to six years in prison last March for molesting two boys after Sunday Mass in 1996.

The cardinal was convicted on five counts, making him the first bishop to be found guilty in a criminal court for sexually abusing minors, according to BishopAccountability.org, which tracks cases of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

The sentence, which fell far short of the 50-year maximum, was closely scrutinized, but held up on its initial appeal.

But in its judgment on Tuesday, the High Court found that for all five charges, there were many improbabilities that had not been fully considered by the jury. There is “a significant possibility,” the judges wrote, “that an innocent person has been convicted.”



https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/worl ... ction.html

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