After The Horrifying Australian Bushfires Result In The Loss Of Almost Half A Billion Animals, The Irwin Family Step In To Help
Every year Australia experiences something called annual bushfire season which starts from December and stretches to March. Unfortunately, in 2019 the bushfires recorded have been the worst yet. It is estimated that 6.3 million hectares or 16 million acres have been engulfed by the fire.
Over 2,500 buildings that included over 1,300 houses have been destroyed and 25 people have been killed by this fire as of January 2020. In December 2019, the New South Wales Government declared a state of emergency in New South Wales due to the record-breaking temperatures the fire reached.
1What are the Australian bushfires?
The bushfire in Australia is an annual phenomenon that takes place due to the scorching climate in the country. They have accounted for at least 800 human deaths since 1851. The number of animals this has affected borders in the millions. But these fires are actually important to the ecosystem.
2Why are these important?
Bushfires have been such a common occurrence in Australia that a small amount of native flora has evolved to rely on bushfires as a means of reproduction. It has also been recorded that for thousands of years, indigenous Australians have used fire to clear grasslands. This was done for hunting purposes or clearing land for buildings or settlements.
3The worst of the worst
Even though this is a common occurrence there have been some really bad firestorms that have caused huge loss of lives and property. Some of the worst have been the 1851 Black Thursday bushfires, the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in which 180 people were reportedly killed. The ongoing December 2019 bushfire is said to be the worst experts have seen till now.
4Why is this the worst?
According to environment experts, the current ongoing bushfires that began in December 2019 are the worst the country has seen. This is because the fire is supercharged thanks to the climate which is causing the fires to rage uncontrollably. The fires are so hot and extreme that they are triggering their own thunderstorm.
5What is the cause?
According to experts, both those who study fire and those who study climate the answer is man-made global warming. Man-made global warming has had a major role to play in the intensity of last year’s fire. According to reports Australia was the hottest and driest on record in 2019. Reports from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology suggest the temperature last month was at 49.9C.