Australia fires explained for dummies
- Since September, at least 24 million acres of Australia have burned. That’s an area larger than Portugal.
- The fires have killed at least 28 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and 1 billion animals are estimated dead.
- The crisis won’t end when the fires go out. When rains come, all the charred debris from the fire may wash into fresh water sources, polluting it for both aquatic life and human consumption.
- The fires started in various ways: some by lightning, some by human actions, including arson. However, it’s the climate conditions (yes, climate change) that make the fires grow and spread.
- However, Australia’s government is sticking firmly to a position that there’s no direct link between climate change and the country’s devastating bushfires.
- Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon will donate $690,000 in assistance to wildfire recovery. That’s less than he makes in 5 minutes. He has been criticized for being one of the world’s stingiest billionaires.