Tag: Bushfires

Australians should be worried about future emissions. To be told otherwise is absurd | Jeff Sparrow

By not caring about 2050, our politicians are announcing their indifference to a world in which children have become parents “We are not worried, or I’m certainly not worried, about what might happen in 30 years’ time.” With that, deputy prime minister Michael McCormack distills the absurdity of Australian climate politics into a single sentence […]

Who killed summertime? How do we trace the complex roots of responsibility?

Shining a light on an evil killer is easy and satisfying. It drives the script of the tales in which we absorb ourselves as we retreat from a world become too much When I was growing up, one of my parents’ favourite albums was a live recording of a Pete Seeger concert called We Shall […]

Burning bush, melting Arctic, a deadly virus: nobody said the end times would be boring | John Birmingham

For one brief shining moment it seemed humanity’s inability to imagine much beyond our lived experience was irrelevant. Covid was coming for us all This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 The chicken shack was nearly an hour’s walk through Seoul in the subzero night, […]

Racism burns Australia like pox and plague. We’re not all in this together | Kim Scott

Aboriginal heritage and the natural environment need to be at the centre of national reconstruction This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 Fire, flood and plague. Toilet rolls and mental health. Injections of bleach and sunlight. For a studied introvert with a writer’s routines, the […]

Where can you be safe in this world? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question | Jane Rawson

The overarching project of my life has been making myself safe. But what is the point if everyone else is drowning and burning and starving? This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 I am descended from people who factor a flat tyre into a drive […]

In the staggering dislocation of 2020, I think of the many gifts my parents gave me | Christos Tsiolkas

For most Australians, two events of biblical solemnity will define this year: fire and plague. How should we respond? This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 As soon as my partner and I completed two weeks’ quarantine after returning from Europe in late March, I […]

More than a third of NSW rainforests found to have been hit by Australian bushfires

The updated assessment also shows the fire ground includes more than 3.5m hectares of the state’s best koala habitat More than a third of New South Wales rainforest was among 5.4m hectares hit by last season’s catastrophic bushfires, according to new state government data. The report, an updated assessment of the effect of the fires […]

Water-bombing pilots ‘consistently tasked too late’ when fighting bushfires, royal commission hears

Aircraft chief describes frustration at losing vital time while inquiry also told firefighter radios in different areas ‘largely incompatible’ Pilots flying water-bombing aircraft are “consistently tasked too late for fires” and sit idle on the tarmac until conditions worsen, the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements has been told. The inquiry also heard that […]

Australia’s severe bushfire season was predicted and will be repeated, inquiry told

Forecasts that turned out to be accurate were made available to governments and fire agencies in the middle of 2019 The fires that caused 33 deaths, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and burned more than 10m hectares of bushland were accurately predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology and in line with predictions Australia’s peak scientific […]

Could bringing Neanderthals back to life save the environment? The idea is not quite science fiction | James Bradley

The climate emergency is unsettling our future, and erasing what we thought was certain about the past In 2015, flooding exposed the frozen bodies of two cave lion cubs in the Yakutia region of Russia. Members of a species that vanished at the end of the last Ice Age, the pair were buried approximately 12,000 […]