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By no exaggeration this is the best video showing what's happening in Australia at the moment please watch!

"https://youtu.be/xOwlZQ-AqCs"

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Australia is burning, as seen from 2500 km away

 

by funfunfunandfancy

 

Taken at 3:30 pm Sunday vs 6 pm the day before. No editing or filters other than to put these next to each other. Donate if you can. Red Cross AU, NSW royal fire service, and others.

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/8yYimqB

 

 

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dear your majesty...

 

https://youtu.be/buw5WufsP5k



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dear your majesty...
 
https://youtu.be/buw5WufsP5k


friendlyjordies helps point aussies to issues in our society but hasn't yet made the realisation that a dictatorship of the proletariate with a planned economy is the only way to stop these issues.

He does nothing to stop issues other then point them out the Labor party also does a lot of bad and the few good things they do will be taken away by the liberals when they are back in power

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Well, given some of the evidence posted about Morrison's stupidity, I can understand 10 Year March's  desires for radical change, even if I do feel uncomfortable about his "dictatorship of the proletariat" rhetoric.

 

Here is yet another article showing what a dithering idiot Mr. Morrison can be:

 

As Australia burns, its leaders are clinging to coal

 

https://www.vox.com/...e-coal-politics

 

 

(Vox) The devastating bushfires across Australia have cemented the fact that the country is on the front lines of a major climate-linked disaster, one that scientists saw coming and one that will only get worse from here.

 

The fires have already torched an area larger than West Virginia, destroyed 2,000 homes, and killed at least 26 people since igniting in September. The blazes clouded the skies above cities like Canberra and Sydney, creating some of the worst air pollution in the world. The swirling smoke is so dense satellites can see it from space.

 

 

Yet as the deadly flames continue to spread and smoke smothers major cities, Australia’s government is dismissing its own contributions to the problem.

 

 

Government officials continue to downplay the link between climate change and wildfires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also said that the country doesn’t need to do more to limit its greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

“Climate change is a global phenomenon and we’re doing our bit as part of the response to climate change — we’re taking action on climate change,” Morrison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in November. But he also said that “the suggestion that any way shape or form that Australia, accountable for 1.3% of the world’s emissions, that the individual actions of Australia are impacting directly on specific fire events, whether it’s here or anywhere else in the world, that doesn’t bear up to credible scientific evidence either.”

 

 

 

 

(The University of Melbourne) We quantified fossil and industrial greenhouse gas emissions for major emitters under their INDCs using the UN 2015 revised population projections (medium scenario) to calculate per-capita emissions to 2025 and 2030. Australia remains the highest per-capita emitter in the selection of countries shown above. Chinese per-capita emissions are about the same as those of the EU28 and continue to grow under their "peaking by 2030" pledge.

 

 

 

Sad that the U.S. also has a leader who is "clinging to coal."  


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So sad...

 

https://twitter.com/...026381697904640

 

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Don Jr. On Australia’s Wildfires

 

https://www.motherjo...lias-wildfires/

 

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(Mother Jones) On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to fan conspiratorial flames on the origins of the devastating Australian wildfires, which have grown to encompass an area the size of Scotland. Sharing a story from the Rupert Murdoch-owned, conservative Australian, Trump blamed the fires not on climate change—but arsonists.

 

The Tweet is just one part of a broader right-wing narrative that questions whether climate change is the real reason for the disproportionately large and intense fire season, despite overwhelming evidence and consensus among the experts that it is. Instead, Trump’s new theory replaces the science with the much simpler, though still human-caused, explanation of criminal activity.

 

After Trump Jr.’s tweet, conservative media outlets quickly picked up and amplified the story. They championed it as finally revealing the true cause of the catastrophe, not to mention undermining the legitimacy of climate change and adding that extra thrill of a conspiracy theory. Quick to join the fight was an army of twitter bots that promoted the #ArsonEmergency.

 

In fact, while arsonists have been a troubling concern in Australia during fire seasons, no evidence exists to suggest a spike in that activity… 


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Yikes I didn't know it was that bad. I always hear the temperature has risen by 1 degree as they talk about the world average alot.

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Australian Prime Minister Morrison has suffered a massive hit to his personal approval rating and been overtaken as preferred prime minister by Anthony Albanese in the first published opinion poll of 2020
Gee, I wonder why. He's such a good and effective prime minister, working tirelessly and presiding over a continent that is completely normal and stable.


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Australian Prime Minister Morrison has suffered a massive hit to his personal approval rating and been overtaken as preferred prime minister by Anthony Albanese in the first published opinion poll of 2020
Gee, I wonder why. He's such a good and effective prime minister, working tirelessly and presiding over a continent that is completely normal and stable.


His poll will probably go up again or the liberals will just do another leadership spill

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Australia’s Wallabies, Recovering From Fires, Fed by Carrots Falling From the Sky

 

https://www.motherjo...carrots-photos/

 

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(Mother Jones) Thousands of pounds of carrots and sweet potatoes are falling from the sky in Australia, air-dropped to help feed the Brush-tailed Rock wallabies whose habitats have been devastated by massive brushfires.

 

The wallabies, agile marsupials that use their furred tails for balance while climbing trees and vertical rocks, tend to survive fires. But their vegetation is often destroyed, according to the New South Wales government, which on Sunday announced it was coordinating helicopter drops in the state as part of recovery efforts. New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean shared photos of the hungry marsupials on Twitter:

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A wallaby eating a carrot

New South Wales Environment Minister Environment Minister Matt Kean

 

 

Brushfires happen every year in Australia but are particularly horrible this year, following record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought that experts believe are exacerbated by climate change. The blazes have ripped through brushland, wooded areas, and national parks, and have destroyed entire towns. New South Wales has been the hardest hit state, with more than 1,500 homes burned down.

 

In Operation Rock Wallaby, more than 4,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and carrots are being delivered to colonies in several valleys and national parks. Here’s hoping it helps the little marsupials recover.


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Hail, Floods and Dust Hit Australia Amid Raging Wildfires

 

https://www.japantim...xtreme-weather/

 

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(AP) CANBERRA – Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country’s southeast.

 

A hail storm in the national capital Canberra on Monday damaged public buildings, businesses, homes and cars, cut power to some suburbs, brought down trees, caused flash flooding and injured two people, emergency services officials said.

 

To the west, a 300-kilometer (186-mile) wide cloud of red dust was carried by wind gusts up to 107 kilometers (66 miles) per hour and descended on the drought-stricken towns of Dubbo, Broken Hill, Nyngan and Parkes, local media reported. Much of the dust is top soil from New South Wales state farms.

 

“It’s part and parcel of this record drought we’ve got at the moment,” Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields told Nine Network television.

 

Hail struck Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, on Sunday and more hail storms are forecast to return. The city has been choked by smoke from distant wildfires in Victoria state in recent weeks.

 

 

There is also this article in Nature on the impact of the fires upon research in Australia.  The fires have both disrupted ecologically oriented research in progress, as well as presented new opportunities for research and ecosystem modification:

 

 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00130-4


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Thousands of ancient Aboriginal sites probably damaged in Australian fires

 

https://www.nature.c...586-020-00164-8

 

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(Nature) Indigenous communities and archaeologists fear thousands of historic Aboriginal sites and artefacts have been damaged — or destroyed — by fires that have ravaged Australia. These places are essential for understanding the movement of people in Australia and hold huge value for Indigenous groups.

 

Since September, conflagrations have razed more than 10-million hectares of vegetation, mostly in the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria — one of the largest events on record.

 

Much of the area destroyed was in national parks and other forests, where tens of thousands of important Indigenous sites are found, including many that have not been officially recorded, says Tiina Manne, an archaeologist at the University of Queensland in the Gold Coast and the president of the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA), which represents the interests of the country’s archaeologists.

Conclusion:

 

Silver lining

 

The extreme fires might, however, have opened up areas of dense vegetation that were difficult for people to access, potentially revealing important undocumented sites, says Paul Taçon, who studies rock art at Griffith University, Gold Coast.Although he holds grave concerns for rock art in the charred Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area that sprawls to the west of Sydney.

 

Fires that swept through the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in southwestern Victoria earlier this month, weren’t as intense as other blazes and didn’t damage the 6,000-year-old channels and pools carved into rock by Gunditjmara people to trap eels. But the fires did reveal previously unknown sections of the ancient system, says Roberts. “One of the very few silver linings to these fires, is that we will be able to get into these areas now, and identify new sites.”


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On this issue, i feel like if the ancient sites have survived for thousands of years, presumeaby they will have gone through a few forest fires in that time?

Are the fires much hotter this year or something?

 

I know things are dryer hence the disastrous extent of the fires, but is the fire much hotter as a result, or is it just spreading easier/faster? 



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Deluge in Australia Drenches Wildfires

 

https://www.courthou...ches-wildfires/

 

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia’s weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a recent deluge in eastern parts of the country has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling drought.

 

But experts say it will take some time to know to what extent the rainfall has replenished dried-up rivers and quenched parched soil in some inland areas most affected by the 3-year drought.

 

Quentin Grafton, an economics professor and water expert at Australian National University in Canberra, said…drought has badly affected an area of more than 580,000 square miles, which is larger than the country of Ethiopia. He said monitoring on major rivers in coming days should provide a clearer picture of how much the rain has helped.

 

Fire authorities had a reason to celebrate, with many wildfires extinguished or significantly dampened down by the rain. On Saturday, authorities declared the Currowan Fire south of Sydney was finally out after destroying more than 300 homes and razing 1.2 million acres over two-and-a-half months.

 

“This is the most positive news we’ve had in some time,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted on Monday. “The recent rainfall has assisted firefighters to put over 30 fires out since Friday. Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months.”


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Australian Court Rules Indigenous People Can’t Be Deported

 

https://www.courthou...nt-be-deported/

 

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 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled Tuesday that the government can’t deport Aboriginal people as part of its policy of ridding the country of foreign criminals.

 

The High Court ruled in a 4-3 decision that indigenous Australians cannot be deported even if they do not hold Australian citizenship.

 

Lawyers welcomed the legal recognition of the original Australians’ unique place in a country that was claimed by Britain in the 18th century without a treaty. The Australian government was assessing the surprise ruling’s implications on immigration policy.

 

The court had heard the case of two men who were born overseas but identified as being from indigenous tribes: Brendan Thoms and Daniel Love.

 

Thoms, 31, was released after 501 days in immigration detention within hours of the court ruling that his indigenous status entitled him to live in Australia.


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This will be useful evidence in the Nuremberg-style "Crimes Against Humanity and Nature" trials. I had expected these to occur by 2050 or so, but the rate of climate change we're now seeing could bring that date forward considerably.







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