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Reply #30 posted 01/11/20 6:11am

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Tweety, explain the fires.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #31 posted 01/11/20 12:40pm

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Tweety, explain the fires.

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Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. Ignition of these fires has been for a variety of reason but largely due to very dry environments, very hot temperatures, lightning storms with little or no rain and available combustibles. They have been sustained for extended periods (some have been burning since Sept 2019) due to similar reasons, primarily many of these areas are in multiyear drought. This has enabled the fires to spread, grow and combine into what the media is calling "megafires".

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We have discussed the Australian fires and the political pseudoscience that ignores key reasons for why fire seasons this century in the southern corners of Australia have been trending to be significantly worse than before in the thread The €4,600 Billion Fias...Transition

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Reply #32 posted 01/13/20 5:36am

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7 Australian Animal Rescue Stories That Will Give You Hope

Latest bushfire reports

As of January 9, 2020, bushfires were continuing to rage across southern and eastern parts of Australia and news of animal deaths—already heartbreaking to contemplate a week earlier—were starting to rack up into catastrophic levels nearing close to 1 billion, according to estimates by Chris Dickman, PhD, an expert on Australian biodiversity at the University of Sydney. Some are even in danger of becoming extinct. We've seen devastating images and footage of singed and expired koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and all sorts of rare species since the fires broke out earlier than usual this past September, consuming some 15.6 million acres of land with scant rains bringing only "very temporary" relief, according to NASA. Ready for some cheerful stories? So are we.

1. Koala-sniffing dogs

Both dogs and koalas are adorable in their own right. Put the two together and you have a match made in heartwarming rescue heaven. Several animal training groups, including Working Dogs for Conservation, actually teach dogs how to sniff out live koalas—either by the scent of their scat or the smell of their fur. News circulated in November 2019 on CNN about Bear, a mix of border collie and koolie, who was able to indicate to handlers that koalas were out there—somewhere—in the burnt landscape of an Indigenous Protected Area in Ballina, and that they should deploy to seek them out. Another, springer spaniel, pup, Taylor, was credited with finding eight koalas, including a mother and her joey.

2. Above and beyond

In early January, Australian Broadcasting Company reported that Chad Staples, the director of the Mogo Wildlife Park in New South Wales had taken the duties of his job to the next level. As fires pushed on by rapid winds drew near the zoo, threatening the 200 animals it houses, including tigers, rhinos, and a collection of rare primates, Staples enacted a special rescue plan for some of the animals: he brought them home with him. Thanks to him, red pandas, which are already at risk of extinction, some smaller monkeys, and even a tiger were far from the zoo when the fire hit. And thanks to tireless firefighting efforts in and around the zoo, all animals survived safe and sound. Here's exactly how many red pandas are left in the world.

4. Hunter becomes humanitarian

On January 4, Australia's News shared the smile-worthy and viral story of Patrick Boyle, a 22-year old hunter who had stayed behind in his already-scorched town of Mallacoota, Victoria to rescue wildlife. When rescue efforts were delayed due to the flames that encircled Mallacoota, Hunter explained to various media outlets that he felt that it was his responsibility to do what he could for the region's wildlife. In all, he rescued "eight or nine" koalas, delivering them to a local wildlife shelter being run out of another local's home.

5. Knitters unite

A crisis is always good for getting crafters organized to make a meaningful difference (think, sweaters for penguins after oil spills). The Australian bushfires have been no exception. Knitters (and some sewers and crocheters) from around the world have been stitching up pouches for baby marsupials—koalas, kangaroos, flying foxes, and wombats—to grow in or otherwise recover in, without their mothers available to them, according to the Guardian. Other needle wizzes have been making mittens for the burned paws of koalas and wraps for bats. As of January 7, donations from 40 U.S. States and Puerto Rico, as well as from across Europe and Asia, have flooded into the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, which organized the drive.

6. Rounding up supplies

The Rescue Collective, a Brisbane-based animal rescue-support organization, has been amassing all manner of supplies to help wildlife and companion animals injured in the bushfires—food, medicine, and other equipment—as well as organizing hubs where those supplies could be stored and parceled out to places in need. As of January 8, it reported on its Facebook page, it had received such a tremendous outpouring of donations that it was taking a temporary break from accepting any more items. No doubt the need will arise again, so stay tuned for more donation calls. But this is clearly a success story highlighting the generosity of so many people around the globe.

7. Finding shelter

As much as we might try to prepare for disasters, environmental emergencies can be devastating for domesticated animals and livestock, as well as wildlife; folks fleeing for their lives may not be able to take their animals with them—how do you evacuate with a flock of sheep?—and sometimes, shelters are not equipped to receive animals, forcing people to leave them behind. But during the bushfires, the Guardian reports that evacuation centers have been welcoming all manner of animals, including dogs, cats, and horses, making an unspeakable tragedy for people losing everything just a little less tragic.

8. The kindness of strangers

In instances where shelters haven't been able to accept animals, regular folks are stepping up to lend assistance. A graduate student named Erin Riley offered up her own paddocks to evacuees needing a place to board their animals; when the need far outgrew the space she had available, she organized a database of volunteers—called Find A Bed—who, similar to her, had come forward to offer a soft place to land for animals, as well as for humans. Now running with the help of 40 volunteers, the service has received offers from 3,500 kind strangers across Australia, Canada, and the United States, according to the Canberra Times.

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Reply #33 posted 01/13/20 5:44am

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Australia drops 4,000 pounds of food to save starving wildlife

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/australia-drops-4000-pounds-of-food-to-save-starving-wildlife/ar-BBYSRKU?ocid=ientp#image=BBWBMoO|40

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The Australian government is using helicopters and airplanes to help feed starving animals displaced by the country's wildfire crisis.

The New South Wales government used aircraft to drop more than 4,000 pounds of food, mostly carrots and sweet potatoes, to colonies of brush-tailed rock-wallabies that were left stranded as massive wildfires ravaged their habitat.

The brush-tailed rock-wallaby was already endangered in southeastern Australia before the fires began in September and government officials said their survival could be complicated further by the ongoing crisis. The fires are estimated to have killed more than a billion animals and scorched more than 8.4 million hectacres -- about twice the size of Maryland.

"Initial fire assessments indicate the habitat of several important Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby populations was burnt in the recent bushfires," New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean said Sunday. "The wallabies were already under stress from the ongoing drought, making survival challenging for the wallabies without assistance."

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Over the last week, nearly 2,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and carrots were sent to colonies in the state's Capertee and Wolgan valleys; 2,000 pounds were sent to areas of Yengo National Park; and about 200 pounds of food and water were dropped in the Kangaroo Valley, government officials in New South Wales.

Kean said the drops are one of the most widespread relief efforts of their kind for brush-tailed rock-wallabies. The plan is designed to help maintain the animal colonies and allow them to recover.

"The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby," Kean said. "The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat."

The fires have claimed the lives of at least 25 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes. University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman estimated that more than a billion animals have been killed since the fires began in early September, with about 800 million killed in New South Wales alone.

Fire seasons regularly take place in the country, but this year has been particularly devastating. The country experienced one of its hottest and driest years, in part, because of the Indian Ocean dipole, which is a variation in sea surface temperature on the Indian Ocean that drives the weather patterns.

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The IOD was in its strongest positive phase in more than 20 years, resulting in conditions that led to cooler sea surface temperatures near Australia and, in turn, less rain for the country.

With the fire season expected to rage for the next few months, Australians are doubtful that wildlife will fully recover.

"I think there's nothing quite to compare with the devastation that's going on over such a large area so quickly. It's a monstrous event in terms of geography and the number of individual animals affected," Dickman said in an interview with NPR last week.

"We know that Australian biodiversity has been going down over the last several decades, and it's probably fairly well known that Australia's got the world's highest rate of extinction for mammals," he added. "It's events like this that may well hasten the extinction process for a range of other species. So, it's a very sad time."

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Sheep graze in a field shrouded with smoke haze near at Burragate, on Jan. 11.

Residents collect donated items in the town Mogo in New South Wales, where a bushfire destroyed homes and businesses, on Jan. 11.

A Rural Fire Service firefighter Trevor Stewart views a flank of a fire on Jan. 11, in Tumburumba.

A ram looks for food in a burnt-out orange tree on the property of Chris Post which was affected by bushfire on New Year's Eve 2019, in Verona, New South Wales, on Jan. 10.

Cows stand in the field with bushfire burning in the background, in Kangaroo Island on Jan. 9.

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Sharnie Moren and her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte look on as thick smoke rises from bushfires near Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour, Australia, November 12, 2019.

Residents look on as flames burn through bush on January 04, 2020 in Lake Tabourie, Australia.

Smoke billows during bushfires in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, December 30, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken December 30, 2019.

Trees are burned black after a bushfire in Old Bar, 350km north of Sydney on November 10, 2019.

Thick plumes of smoke rise from bushfires at the coast of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia January 4, 2020 in this aerial picture taken from AMSA Challenger jet.

A helicopter drops fire retardent to protect a property in Balmoral, 150 kilometres southwest of Sydney on December 19, 2019.

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Thunderstorms sweep across Australia's bushfire-ravaged east coastBy Lidia Kelly

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A note to MSN readers: Microsoft News US is supporting relief efforts in Australia to help those affected by the recent bushfires. Please consider making a donation today to the organizations helping communities across the country.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept across parts of Australia's east coast on Thursday, bringing hope that some of the fierce bushfires razing the country will be extinguished - or at least slowed.

Officials warned, however, that short, intense thunderstorms could lead to flash flooding, while lightning brought the risk of new fires being ignited.

"We're expecting unsettled weather for the next four or five days or so at least," Jake Phillips, a senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio. "The rainfall in some areas might be useful and in other spots it might only be a millimetre or two."

"There are risks associated with it, so it's not always necessarily a great thing, particularly if we get the rainfall really quickly. What we really need is soaking, steady rain."

Australia has been battling its worst bushfire season on record since September, with fires killing 29 people and millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,500 homes while razing bushland across an area the size of Bulgaria.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/...ocid=ientp

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Reply #37 posted 01/16/20 12:45pm

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Thunderstorms sweep across Australia's bushfire-ravaged east coastBy Lidia Kelly

10 hrs ago

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A note to MSN readers: Microsoft News US is supporting relief efforts in Australia to help those affected by the recent bushfires. Please consider making a donation today to the organizations helping communities across the country.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept across parts of Australia's east coast on Thursday, bringing hope that some of the fierce bushfires razing the country will be extinguished - or at least slowed.

Officials warned, however, that short, intense thunderstorms could lead to flash flooding, while lightning brought the risk of new fires being ignited.

"We're expecting unsettled weather for the next four or five days or so at least," Jake Phillips, a senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio. "The rainfall in some areas might be useful and in other spots it might only be a millimetre or two."

"There are risks associated with it, so it's not always necessarily a great thing, particularly if we get the rainfall really quickly. What we really need is soaking, steady rain."

Australia has been battling its worst bushfire season on record since September, with fires killing 29 people and millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,500 homes while razing bushland across an area the size of Bulgaria.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/...ocid=ientp

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The rain is putting out many of the fires - but it is just bringing the bigger / more dangerous ones under control. Without sustained rain, these will flare up again as soon as the rain stops and the air moisture drops again. But for most of us it is welcome relief

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Reply #38 posted 01/22/20 2:45am

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Prayers and donations aren't mutually exclusive nor will either of them hurt anyone.

They're not mutually exclusive, you're right. I wouldn't say prayer is harmless, though. If it leads to inaction, it can be harmful. In a passive way, but still.

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