Death toll rises as firefighter killed in Australian wildfires


It is just one of some 135 bushfires in Australia's southeast that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed almost 3,000 homes. The crisis is becoming increasingly political as the country looks at the causes and the government's response.

The prime minister has faced criticism for lacking ambition on cutting Australia's emissions and many of his coalition colleagues have downplayed the link between climate change and the devastating bushfires.

"If this house survives, I think it will be a wake-up call for people", he said.

Despite yesterday's respite, the authorities were clear that the risk was far from over.

An analysis by The New York Times found that the high-powered newspapers and television stations owned by Murdoch have been instrumental in disseminating misleading claims that are in stark contrast to Australian fire authorities.

Top scientists are urging the world's most industrialized nations to take immediate action to slash carbon emissions heating up the planet, resulting in the searing heatwaves, massive drought, and dry vegetation experts say are fueling the fires.

Fitzsimmons has said that the weather is expected to be colder during the next week so it will offer "some relief" and has indicated that "it will probably be the best seven days we have had without increasing very risky fire ratings".

The pollster Kevin Bonham said Morrison's plunge from 14 points ahead as preferred prime minister to four behind is "the equal second highest such loss in Newspoll history", after Paul Keating's 23% drop against John Hewson after the horror 1993 budget.

A burnt bicycle lies on the ground in front of a house recently destroyed by wildfires on the outskirts of the town of Bargo in Sydney, Australia, on December 21, 2019. He added that he would take the proposal through the cabinet but it must be done with consultations with states and territories. "And nor should the need for national leadership".

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With a forest area covering 20 percent of its total land area, Australia is not a stranger to wildfires.

So far, 27 people have died during the crisis, CNN reported Thursday, and thousands of people and wildlife have been displaced across the country since the fires started burning in September.

Thousands of people joined climate protests in nine cities across Australia on Friday, according to The Washington Post. More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed in the state.

The danger is centred on New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, Australia's most populous states, where temperatures and wind speeds are escalating after a few days of relatively benign conditions.

"It is great to have some respite now so we can reset and refocus in terms of our operational activities and what we can do to support community, but we will have more hot weather".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has addressed Australia's ongoing bushfire crisis and the Government's response in an extended sit-down interview with ABC Insiders host David Speers. It forecast a hit of 0.2 per cent to 0.5 per cent on gross domestic product.

Australia's alpine resorts have dusted off winter snowmaking machines to blast ice-cold water onto dry ski slopes.

Youth-focused Headspace will get AU$7.4 million to boost services in 12 fire- ravaged regions and to speed-up the construction of its Batemans Bay centre.

Morrison has pledged A$2 billion to a newly created National Bushfire Recovery Agency. But I am also very much aware, as is the government, of the real scars that will be present for a long time to come for those who have been exposed to the trauma of these wildfires. bush.