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Old 6th January 2020, 12:35 PM   #1
Osvaldo de Banfield is online now Osvaldo de Banfield  Argentina
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My condolences for the people living this inferno. Too high temperatures, people and animals dead, kilometers of trees burned.

I believe it's time to think what we are doing to the Earth, and how it is returning back the damages we did.
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Old 6th January 2020, 01:19 PM   #2
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Indeed, the temperature records here are being broken this year. I am in the West where we have only had relatively small fires, but the Eastern states are suffering terribly.

Most of our fire fighters are unpaid volunteers. To see what they are faced with, look at the video below...a 'burnover' where the bush fire rapidly passes over a fire truck and they use external water sprays and foil heat shields just to survive. They did survive... The bad part starts at around 3 minutes.

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Old 6th January 2020, 01:22 PM   #3
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We're used to bush fires here but it's very different this season.

Had a taste early November in Coffs Harbour and also the return trip to Newcastle (about 400km). We were lucky to get home as roads were being closed and we just made it through before those detours was closed. We happened to stop for lunch at a little place called Johns River on the way back and watched the fire smoke and water bombing activities in the far distance. It wasn't until we got home that we found out the fire ripped through the area a couple of hours after we left and a woman was killed. What it showed was how fast the conditions can change as it didn't look like a threat while we were there.

This picture (in the press) was taken a couple of days ago in Victoria and it's a sign as have a look at the devil face in the flames. If this is not hell, then I don't know what is.

I will not get into the politics of this but there are plenty that are angry at the Government over their lack of policies on the environment.
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Old 6th January 2020, 01:39 PM   #4
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I will not get into the politics of this but there are plenty that are angry at the Government over their lack of policies on the environment.
It is not necessary. We can maintain a correct dialog without politics.
This is a fact from Nature.
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Old 6th January 2020, 03:17 PM   #5
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Stuey, that video is beyond words.
 
Old 6th January 2020, 05:45 PM   #7
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How are managed the aborigens in the country side, here in EU we heard a lot about Koala and kangarous at TV but nothing about isolated populations? Is it safer cause the fires are mostly near the costs ?

That's just incredible the numbers of people than authoritys are moving with calm and good organisation. Kudos... here I believe people will run in all directions !

Time to stop coal for electricity purpose and a worldwide Marshall Plan against global warming to reduce the futur events to be worser ?

Anyway, so sorry for Oz and its great people.
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Just saw an interesting report of a prof interviewed in 2008, saying that increased temperatures would increase drought in many areas, along with strong winds.

Literally said: 'from 2020 onward, South-East Australia will be faced with extreme bush and forest fires that will last for months'.

And in my country, the Red Cross collects donations for the Aussies.

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Old 6th January 2020, 06:43 PM   #9
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Time to stop coal for electricity purpose
In Scotland, coal-fired generation ended completely in 2016.

In 2018, renewables provided an equivalent of 75% of Scotland's gross electricity needs and we're on target for 100%, hoping to join Albania, the Congo, Iceland, and Paraguay who have already accomplished that goal.

Here, climate change would appear to be resulting in increased rainfall. I just wish we could share some of it with the beleaguered Australians!
 
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The Fires in Australia are only the Beginning.
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