“I moved from San Francisco to the LA area about a month ago so am experiencing the fires from a little closer vicinity. The local news told us that the areas on fire last burnt about 1929! The brush is 20ft high in many places! After a week of burning they finally pulled in the […]
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Los Angeles: The so-called Station Fire more than doubled in size as it burned out of control for a sixth day, charring 105,000 acres (42,500 hectares), up from 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares) late on Sunday, and sending up towering plumes of smoke that fouled the air for miles (km) around. Read more here.
A PERSISTENT complaint from victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria was that they had “received no warning”. Over and again we heard statements like this: “There was no fire anywhere, but the next thing, we had fire all around us. There was no word of warning, and we never stood a chance”. This […]
THE Tiwi Islands (Bathurst and Melville) are off the north coast of Australia. They are mostly covered with grassy savanna, much like that in parts of southern Africa. In Africa, this savanna is the result of thousands of years of burning by humans. If burning is interrupted, then woody shrubs thrive, and the savanna turns […]
IN 1994, Ray Evans bought a cottage at Marysville (Victoria, Australia) which he and his wife subsequently renovated and extended. The cottage and its extensive garden were destroyed by fire on the night of Saturday February 7 – now known as Black Saturday. In the following provocative and political article Mr Evans blames the fire “on green […]
Greetings Everyone, Below is the details and terms of reference for a Senate inquiry into Bushfires in Australia. This should compliment the gaps that will likely be left in the Royal Commission for the chronic state of the environment due to political nest feathering for green preferances. This green lunicy of using the environment as […]
HUNGARY has produced many outstanding mathematicians and physicists. Perhaps there is a connection with rampant violin playing. One of these was Paul Erdös who was the twentieth century’s most prolific mathematician, with 1475 papers to his credit. He rivals Leonhard Euler, the Swiss genius of the eighteenth century. There is a worthwhile biography of Erdös […]
EARLIER this year the suffering from the Victorian bushfires, and that video of the fire fighter giving a koala a drink of water in a burnt-out forest, captured the imagination of people around the world. At the time some media outlets blamed the ferocity of the fires on global warming and this assessment was supported by […]
WE were all appalled by the death and destruction that was the Victorian bushfires early this year. On Black Saturday nearly 200 people died. The number of koalas incinerated probably runs into the thousands, the number of native birds dead in the millions. A Royal Commission was established with the Victorian Government promising an inclusive process with […]
Environmentalists on local councils have allowed roadsides to become conservation zones for native vegetation, raising the risk of intense bushfires on access roads and jeopardising residents’ safety. Read more here.