Ascribed to natural disasters, the word “biblical” usually feels like hyperbole. Not so in Australia, where fires have spread across almost five million hectares of land in the past weeks, laying waste to an area roughly the size of Belgium. Some 200 of the worst fires rage in New South Wales and the neighbouring state of Victoria, where they are spreading to a coastal rural stretch south of Sydney, popular with holidaymakers. Tourists and residents alike are being encouraged to flee. The rescue effort now involves the Australian navy.
Times 3rd Jan 2020 read more »
Australia is no stranger to wildfires, but this season has been unprecedented in scale and intensity – and the summer is far from over. So far at least 17 people have died in blazes that have swept the country, more than 1,200 homes have been destroyed and 5.5 million hectares (13.5 million acres) of land has been burnt. So what has caused the blazes which have devastated huge swathes of the country?
Telegraph 3rd Jan 2020 read more »