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Australian Bushfire

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Common causes: Lightning strikes or humans (cigarettes or light blazes), or controlled burns that spiral out of control.

"Bushfire destroys house" by Helitak430, Wikipedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters work to save a burning house in McLeay Road hit by a direct impact from the Green Wattle Creek bushfire at Werombi in South West Sydney | “Bushfire destroys house” by Helitak430, Wikipedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Do you know? The driest weather in Australia was recorded last 18 December. This, plus the freak weather patterns, fanned the flames.

Scientists believe climate change and the extremely dry weather in Australia worsened the fires.

THE NUMBERS

  • 12 million acres burned
  • 480 million (estimated) affected, killed or driven off
  • On average: 17.5 mammals, 20.7 birds and 129.5 reptiles per hectare (10,000 square metres, so a square 100m on each side – about the size of a rugby pitch)
  • 23 people killed
  • Animals affected include kangaroos, emus, koalas
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Impact: Health, irreversible damage to ecosystem and biodiversity

Sources: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au, https://statista.com, Reuters.com, BBC.com

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Hannah A. Papasin
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Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

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