Australia fires: The animals struggling in the crisis – BBC News


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Australia fires: The animals struggling in the crisis  - BBC News

Almost 2,000 houses have been destroyed in Australia’s months-long bushfire crisis, officials say, as crews prepare frantically for worsening conditions.

After ferocious conditions last week, firefighters are using milder weather to boost containment lines around fires engulfing south-eastern Australia.

Temperatures are likely to soar again on Friday, prompting fears that two fires could form a new “mega blaze”.

At least 25 people and millions of animals have died since September.

Australia is fighting an unprecedented bushfire season, fuelled by record temperatures and widespread drought.

On Tuesday, New South Wales (NSW) officials said fires there had claimed 1,588 homes and damaged 653 more.

About 200 homes have been destroyed in neighbouring Victoria, adding to more than 100 lost in other states.

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  1. So many species are going to disappear, so many are already gone, and what do we do? We continue our things, no matter what the consequences for ecosystem, profit still profit, but at a price some people still don't understand.

  2. Wow since this broadcast the amount of animals & homes lost has risen. The latest figures is over 1 billion animals killed and over 3000 homes destroyed. The loss of so many of our wild animals is just devastating

  3. We'll all be ruined, said Hanrahan! Those poor bats have never had to deal with anything like this before. Look at this devastating report:
    "The temperature became torrid, and on the morning of . . . , the air which blew down from the north resembled the breath of a furnace. A fierce wind arose, gathering strength and velocity from hour to hour, until about noon it blew with the violence of a tornado. By some inexplicable means it wrapped the whole country in a sheet of flame — fierce, awful, and irresistible."
    From the Atlas of Australasia, describing Black Thursday, 6th of February 1851. A local witness was quoted in The Argus) , Melbourne 1851:
     "I write only what I have seen, I might mention that pigs and dogs running loose were burned to death – birds were dropping down off the trees before the fire in all directions – oppossums, kangaroos, and all sorts of beasts can be had today ready roasted all over the bush. Fully one half of the timber in this neighbourhood has been burned or blown down, and all the grass has been burnt."
    Climate change from over a century and a half ago. Those poor bats have learnt nothing in all that time.
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  4. We were literally choking in illuka for weeks, 2 months. Couldn’t see more than two blocks away. Everyone’s eyes were burning and at the pub I was shouting drinks for people stranded here their houses and farms burning and family and pets stuck on the other side of the blocked off highway. Wildlife rescue volunteers were denied access to burning lands because it was too dangerous and had to wait and wait knowing there would be no one left alive when they finally got the all clear. Now we are flooding. Roads closed off again. People losing everything. Towns isolated from supplies. What will next summer bring I don’t want to know this is too hard

  5. I have some Australians replying to comments reguarding me telling the truth about the fires being started by people… which they are and also 2 nd thing is that I do study earth sceinces and geology and the sceinces that affect our earth.
    One thing people don’t get is that the earth goes through periods of bad weather and storms changes on its own long long before you were ever born.
    Infact sun spots and the relative distance of the moon to the earth have great affects upon the earths weather patterns and tidal rise so climate change Nutcases use these scientific facts to use against ignorance in people who do not know the difference
    However there are those that after being educated just are plain stupid to refuse to accept proven facts.

  6. The earth went through an Ice age not long ago and is warming up
    There’s irrefutable facts that the earth was a massive green lush place of life … over time asteroids and super volcanic eruptions have created various long lasting affects in landscape changes with life as well… archeological finds have concluded many extinction periods were due to super cataclysmic occurrences
    Which changed the life that existed into forming new types of life over short to long periods.
    If you want to know the deserts of Africa and turkey were all lush green forested areas till people and the old giants that roamed the earth has destroyed a lot.
    Yes I do study alit if the ancient stuff which not one but quite a few people wrote about the giants and including the biblical texts.
    The giants were the offspring of the fallen known as the nephillim they had the genetically evil seed they lived in a land lright next to Israel to they were dispersed all over.
    They possess at the time knowledge of sceinces and acrchetecture engineering they built the mammoth stone quarries and structures.
    Your governments know this but want all the truth to be taken outa text books and not ever be taught
    I spoke to a philanthropist who also studies this stuff to he explained to me that the world is iso use to believing in something and will be very difficult to teach the truth to close minded people who will have some adverse reaction negatively about these facts.
    However the same people will never and or not ever try to research as much as possible the truths I say here.
    But the giants and a couple kings who destroyed all the forests of Africa and turkey were pure evil.
    The old ancient writings told about how they would devour all the living creatures and chop down and destroy the land as much as possible. It’s very interesting read some of Joseph lumpkins books that’s one author.

  7. In California the morons are setting fires to the forests to get federal aid … several arsonists were caught I was in California at the time and then the news never mentioned nationally that arsonists created the fires but they did mention climate change and global warming was the culprit…. still believe in this BS agenda well your definitely lost and wil

  8. Australia has the World Record for causing the extinct for more animals since invasion by white man – (232 years ago) than any other Country in the world has done in THOUSANDS of years. Now we have abt 100 more species that will be added to that list, — just to make sure no other country will be able to catch up or over take away our record.

  9. As @ 7th Jan. 2020 A staggering 1 billion animals are now estimated dead in Australia's fires. The number of kangaroos, koalas, and others killed keeps skyrocketing.

    More than 100 threatened species hit hard by Australian bushfires, pushing many towards extinction
    Nearly 50 threatened species believed to have had more than 80% of their area affected, including seven critically endangered plants

  10. On the bright side all the animals won’t be farting co2 into the air and destroying the planet. And with less animals more people will become vegetarian and with less land to grow plants on , people will save the planet by repurposing the windows in their homes by growing their own food using available sunlight and water runoff from the burned land. The wealthy land owners will have to move to the environmentally friendly big city and live in a Work/ live/ shop commune. Vote Democrat AOC in USA Save our planet

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