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Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions effectively double as a result of unprecedented bush fires

By Andrew Freedman Photo: Sean Davey/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Australia bush fires, which are still burning and have claimed an additional three lives this week, have released enough greenhouse gases to effectively double that country’s annual emissions from burning fossil fuels, new scientific estimates show.


Bushfires pose major leadership test for Scott Morrison

By Bill McKibben

This bushfire disaster has posed a major leadership test for Scott Morrison. On Saturday, the prime minister announced a major federal intervention in the crisis, deploying the Defence Force and putting $20 million on the table for extra water bombers. But experts who had been warning the government of catastrophic fires this summer believe it was a move which should have happened much sooner.


Australia wildfires unleash millions of tons of carbon dioxide

By Denise Chow Photo: Sam Mooy / Getty Images file

Researchers are concerned that huge pulses of carbon emissions from devastating wildfires could overwhelm natural reservoirs that store carbon dioxide.


Inside the race to protect 250 threatened species hit by bushfire

In east Gippsland, wildlife officers from Parks Victoria and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have been scouring burnt land for injured wildlife.


Letter from the Fire (well Smoke) Front

By Peter Bridgewater

I’m writing this at my desk in Canberra, the Australian national capital, whose air quality has beaten the worst in the world by 4 or 5 times in recent days, and even today is far from flash (hazardous).


Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres

By Scott Neuman Photo by Dan Himbrechts/AAP

A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a “megafire” engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California.


Australia fire crisis fuels protests calling for bolder action on climate change

By Kate Shuttleworth

MELBOURNE, Australia — The bush fire crisis gripping Australia is piling political pressure on its government to take bolder action on climate change, as the scorching of vast tracts of forest and farmland amplifies demands for a hastier transition away from fossil fuels.


Update on a Catastrophe: Now more than One Billion Animals Dead Downunder

By Peter Sinclair

Sydney expert Professor Chris Dickman has revised his estimate of the number of animals killed in bushfires in NSW to more than 800 million animals, with a national impact of more than one billion animals.


Australia’s Vast Wildfires Foretold in 2007 UN Climate Warning

By Ed Johnson Photo: Saeed Khan/ AFP/ Getty Images

The country’s plight has put a global focus on the connection between fossil fuels and climate change.