We are seeing the very worst of our scientific predictions come to pass in these bushfires. As a climate scientist I am wondering if the Earth system has now breached a tipping point. There may now be so much heat trapped in the system that we may have already triggered a domino effect that could unleash a cascade of abrupt changes that will continue to play out in the years and decades to come. Rapid climate change has the potential to reconfigure life on the planet as we know it.
Guardian 3rd Jan 2020 read more »
Only rain can stop Australian fires — but none is forecast. The Australian wildfires have been burning since September and only rain can bring a halt. The statistics defy belief: 22,800 square miles have been destroyed so far, an area almost three times the size of Wales. To put it into perspective, that is almost double the area affected by the Amazon rainforest fires last year which made headlines around the world. In California, notorious for its lethal fires, barely 380 square miles was destroyed by fire last year.
Times 4th Jan 2020 read more »
In all the propaganda for a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, South Australia, there was no mention of bushfire risks. An extraordinary omission, don’t you think? The whole bizarre plan to trek the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor wastes some1700km by land, or even longer by sea, would entail trucking highly radioactive (they call it intermediate) wastes through forest areas, towns, ports, to what used to be an agricultural area. The nuclear industry touts itself as the cure for climate change. In reality,it is the other way around. For Australia especially, climate change, bushfires, water shortages – make every aspect of the nuclear industry ever more dangerous. The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor itself is uncomfortably close to the bushfires. But nobody’s talking about that. That reactor shoud be shutdown, and no more wastes produced.
Antinuclear Australian News 1st Jan 2020 read more »