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Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island

Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island

Science
Kangaroo Island in South Australia has been likened to a Noah's Ark for its unique ecology. But after fierce bushfires tore through the island this week, there are fears it may never fully recover. "You see the glowing in the distance," says Sam Mitchell, remembering the fire that threatened his home, family, and animals last week."The wind is quite fast, the glowing gets brighter - and then you start to see the flames."Sam runs Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and lives there with his wife and 19-month-old son, Connor. As the flames approached, an evacuation warning was issued. Within 20 minutes, "everyone was gone".But Sam - and four others - stayed behind."You can't move 800 animals including water buffaloes, ostriches and cassow...
Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

Science
UK scientists say the recent fires in Australia are a taste of what the world will experience as temperatures rise. Prof Richard Betts from the Met Office Hadley Centre said we are "seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under a future warming world of 3C".While natural weather patterns have driven recent fires, researchers said it's "common sense" that human-induced heating is playing a role. Last year was Australia's warmest and driest year on record.UK researchers have carried out a rapid analysis of the impact of climate change on the risk of wildfires happening all over the world. Their study looked at 57 research papers published since the last major review of climate science came out in 2013.All the studies in the review showed links betw...
Australia fires: Dalila Jakupovic ‘scared I would collapse’ because of ‘unhealthy’ air quality

Australia fires: Dalila Jakupovic ‘scared I would collapse’ because of ‘unhealthy’ air quality

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Dalila Jakupovic says she was "really scared" as she retired from her Australian Open qualifying match because of the "unhealthy" air quality from ongoing bushfires in the country.The Slovenian world number 180 had to be helped off court after she retired at 6-5 5-6 against Swiss Stefanie Vogele in the first round in Melbourne."It was really bad. I never experienced something like this," Jakupovic said. "I was really scared I would collapse because I couldn't walk any more."Qualifying was delayed by an hour on Tuesday and ...

Man killed in shark attack off Western Australia state

World
A man has been killed by a shark while diving near Esperance off the coast of Western Australia stateByThe Associated PressJanuary 5, 2020, 9:35 AM1 min readPERTH -- A man was killed by a shark Sunday while diving near Esperance off the coast of Western Australia state. The attack happened as the man was diving from a boat at Cull Island off Esperance just after 1 p.m. His body has not been found. The Department of Primary Industries confirmed the attack, saying “a man received fatal injuries after being bitten by a reported white shark.” Police said a woman aboard the boat had been treated for shock. “Esperance Police and Marine Rescue WA volunteers deployed to the area on board the marine rescue vessels. They are still searching the ocean for the victim," a police spokesman said. It was
Australia fires: Seven dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

Australia fires: Seven dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

World
Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Bushfires raging in eastern Australia have killed at least seven people and destroyed more than 200 properties since Monday, authorities said. Firefighters in New South Wales have been battling blazes for months during a prolonged fire season and as of early Wednesday, more than 2,500 firefighters were trying to contain 112 fires that burned throughout the state, several large and dangerous, the NSW Rural Fire Service said. NSW police said three bodies were found Wednesday morning, increasing the death toll to seven in the past three days. Among the victims are two people who were found in separate vehicles, a father and son who were found dead on their property, two bodies found separately outside and a volunteer firefighter who died when the truck he was riding in flipp...