Australia had plans to prevent fire blackouts. They just weren’t ready in time.

From MIT Technology Review, 17 January 2020: The first bushfire alert that Eleanor Limprecht got was a text message she received on the morning of New Year’s Eve. She was staying with her family for Christmas, holed up in Narrawallee on the south coast of New South Wales—a popular holiday destination. When the warning came Continue reading Australia had plans to prevent fire blackouts. They just weren’t ready in time.

I wasn’t prepared for bushfires this menacing. Even now, Australia doesn’t have a plan.

From USA Today, 14 January 2010: We have evacuated from our house in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, twice already in Australia’s bushfire season, and it’s not even halfway through summer. After the second time, just a few weeks ago in December, we returned to a scorched block of land. The fire came so Continue reading I wasn’t prepared for bushfires this menacing. Even now, Australia doesn’t have a plan.

Scientists take stock of Australian wildlife devastated by fires

From The Scientist, 10 January 2020: Unprecedented Australian wildfires have extracted a heavy toll from the continent’s unique wildlife, with an estimated 1 billion animals killed, 10.7 million hectares (approximately 41,300 square miles) burned on the east coast, and more than 150 fires still burning in two states alone, according to news reports and the Continue reading Scientists take stock of Australian wildlife devastated by fires

Bushfires: Australia issues health warnings as Sydney air quality plummets

From the BMJ, 10 December 2019: Large bushfires have shrouded Australia’s east coast in dense smoke, prompting health authorities to issue warnings as Sydney’s air quality index exceeded hazardous levels by a factor of 10. The number of people across New South Wales presenting to hospital emergency departments with respiratory problems increased by around 25% Continue reading Bushfires: Australia issues health warnings as Sydney air quality plummets

Elusive deer-like animal ‘rediscovered’ in Vietnam

From Nature News, 11 November 2019: Meet Vietnam’s silver-backed chevrotain. Once thought lost to science, the animal has been found again, an international research team reports. Photographs the group gathered of the species in forests near the city of Nha Trang in Vietnam are the first scientific evidence of the small hoofed mammal in nearly Continue reading Elusive deer-like animal ‘rediscovered’ in Vietnam