THE OUTCRY OF EARTH: AUSTRALIA FIRE
Jan 14, 2020
The bushfires in Australia are so severe they have already burnt more than twice as much land as the fires in the Amazon rainforest. Since September 2019 almost six million hectares have been destroyed across the nation compared to the three million hectares burnt in the Brazilian Amazon over summer.
The area burned across Australia pushes beyond five million hectares, an area larger than many countries.
The catastrophic rating was introduced in 2009 following the so-called Black Saturday bushfires that killed 173 people in Victoria, Australia on February 32, 2001. The fires caused Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Now let’s come back to the reality of today
· New South Wales has been particularly badly affected, not least because of dense populations in and around cities like Sydney and the capital Canberra.
· Victoria (the southerly state where Melbourne is) has also been severely affected – those images of people waiting for sea rescue on a beach completely surrounded by fire are from the eastern tip of the state.
· There are also many fires burning in Queensland (north of NSW and home to Brisbane and Cairns), and Western and South Australia.
High temperatures and low rainfall make bushfires a natural hazard, natural tree oils in native eucalypt forests can fuel fires. Common causes are lightning strikes or humans, who drop cigarettes or light blazes deliberately. Australia’s science agency says controlled burns, where fires are deliberately lit to clear out excess dry vegetation that can fuel wildfires in high-risk areas, are key to management. But back burns can spiral out of control.
Impact: As well as human impacts, long-term bushfire effects include the loss of livestock and animal habitats, reduced soil fertility lasting decades and contamination of water catchments with ash and debris.
A report from The NSW Rural Fire Service says the scale of what has burned in that state is unprecedented at this point of the fire season. Over 3.41 million hectares had burned. “To put it in perspective, in the past few years we have had a total area burned for the whole season of about 280,000 hectares,” RFS spokeswoman Angela Burford said.
As of 2019, the smoke that has smothered Sydney, Canberra and other centres and towns in recent weeks has produced pollution up to 11 times greater than the hazardous level for human health meaning that the number of people turning up at hospital emergency departments needing help is higher than usual. Dr Kate Charlesworth, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, said there was no safe level of air pollution, and that the most vulnerable in the community – babies, children, the elderly and people with pre-existing disease – were the most likely to be affected .
What role does climate change play?
As I write this, there is a case of earthquake going on in Puerto Rico the seismic level 5.9, then I saw briefly now a report claiming that the Australian PM said he could have handled the situation from the bushfire better, well maybe everyone on earth needs to come to the reality that the earth’s clock may be counting down, humans have degraded the earth so much with effect of their actions resulting in severe climate change and now we are looking to move to mars so we can do what we do best; destroy planet, remember those movies we watch as kids; aliens trying to destroy the earth, surprise! Surprise! We are the aliens (can I be that villain in avengers?) The explanation should be familiar by now: greenhouse gas emissions do not cause bushfires, but they play a demonstrated role in increasing average and particularly extreme temperatures and contribute to the extraordinarily dry conditions afflicting eastern Australia.
Scientists cite the near absolute lack of moisture in the landscape as a key reason the fires have been so severe.
Multiple studies, here and overseas, have found the climate crisis is lengthening the fire season.
Now is the best time to be part of the healing process of the earth. Time to look to the renewable source of energy, reduce the emission of soot and carbon into our atmosphere, grow more food and toss less bombs at each other, plant trees, invest in sustainable energy, be concern about mother earth because she birth life, maybe just maybe we can add more time to her clock; can you all hear me? Especially you Scott