The Australian Fires Have Done No Good

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The beginning of what should be sunny summers is averted with the intensity of fires. With Australia’s breaking record of hottest and driest year in 2019, the intensity of heat has destroyed  hectares of once living land, taking the lives of individuals and killing more than a billion animals.

 

New South Wales, Australia  has had more than five million hectares of land burned, causing 1,800 homes to be destroyed in New South Wales itself alone. About 3,000 homes have been destroyed in an estimated total amount. On the ninth of January, an estimation of 130 fires were burned in New South Wales alone that day. 1.2 million hectares of land in Victoria, Australia burned away, taking the lives of three people. Residents in the state of South Australia have been urged to evacuate the town of Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island since the fires have been uncontrollable. The fire in Cudlee Creek, too in South Australia, has destroyed more than 80 homes in the Adelaide Hills region, information according to https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50951043

 

As in right now, 28 people have been killed in total. In Burragate, Australia, a firefighter was killed by a falling tree while trying to overwin the fire crisis. As stated above, three people were lost in the hectic Victoria fires. In Kangaroo Island, the fires took the lives of two people. As time passes, the number of the people lost keeps increasing. Less than ten was the amount of people killed in early January, and although the date on the calendar states that it’s still early January, the losses keeps increasing at a high speed.

 

Fires in Kangaroo Island killed an estimation of 25,000 koalas. Nearly a third of all koalas in New South Wales have been killed, according to https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/27/australia/koala-bushfire-australia-intl-scli/index.html. Sadly, piles of dead birds are found in areas that have been struck. A fear has arrived that 25,000 insect species have reached its fate, of which only one-third have been named. Wombats don’t interact well with heat, and panic arrives to them at the smell of smoke. They can’t run very fast or far, so the fires can only take an immense toll on them. Even before the fires got to such extent, flying foxes were already being killed. As to other matters, animals that have a small population are in fear of becoming extinct. That being the eastern bristlebird, the mountain pygmy possum and the corroboree frog.

 

These fires are leaving wildlife places in pure silence. Bob Semmens, a resident of Mallacoota, Australia said, “If you walked into the bush at the moment, you probably wouldn’t hear anything.”

 

It could be asked: How is the heat strong enough to cause powerful fires? Australia in its majority of time has been in severe drought conditions, which has added to the cause of the fires to vastly spread. Since 1910, data has shown that Australia has warmed throughout by the slightest of more than one degree Celsius. By the end of December, every state in Australia measured to have reached temperatures above 40C, breaking records. This information could be found at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50951043

 

The urge to stop the fires is immediate. With what is left of summer, who knows what Australia holds. What is known for sure is that the Australian fires have done no good. 

 

As what Greta Thunberg quoted, “We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.”