the researchers conclude that the logging of native forest increases the risk and severity of fire. And in the case of the devastating 2019-20 fire season, logging likely had a profound effect.
When researchers surveyed historical records for evidence of comparable wildfire seasons — not just in Australia, but across the globe. They found nothing approaching the scope of Australia’s devastation.
NASA released a radar animation that shows smoke from the fires 6,800 miles away in Chile. The skies over Chile have turned grey and hazy. Argentina has also seen sunsets tinged with red from the smoke.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has released its annual climate statement for 2019, and found that last year was both the hottest and driest on record for the continent.
Apocalyptic scenes are playing out across Australia as bushfires have burned millions of acres and ravaged more than 1,000 homes in New South Wales alone. The new normal is not only more lethal, it's also harder to predict.
If we combine all of the estimated deaths of koalas in Australian bushfires, there could be 1,000 koalas that have been killed in the last two months. The extent of the blaze means large tracts of the tree-dwelling koalas’ habitat has been destroyed.
The growing intensity of present day wildfires is a sobering reminder that greenhouse gas emissions and the global carbon footprint must be curbed, lest our planet be faced with irreversible climate consequences.
Since August, forest fires have erupted in Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan, and produced smog that has choked millions of people in those provinces, several neighboring regions and even Malaysia and Singapore.
Prompted by the Amazon fires in Brazil and Bolivia, 230 global investors have issued a statement warning hundreds of unnamed companies to either meet their commodities supply chain deforestation commitments or risk economic consequences.
Hot weather has engulfed a huge portion of the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland to Siberia. Yet another symptom of an Arctic transitioning into a more volatile state as the planet warms.
Climate change, Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby said, was undeniably a part of why the fires burning in northern and southern California, US, were more devastating and destructive than in years past.
The West Coast of the United States is shrouded in smoke from the 110 large fires (this does not include smaller fires within each complex of fires) that have erupted across the region during this fire season.