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Australia Natural Disasters

How did the Australia fires start?


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Damien Bosco
January 07, 2020 8:44PM

According to Diana Bernstein, climate scientist and Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi: “Apart from human activities, Australia’s hot and dry summers are to blame for the start and the spread of the wildfires."

Although the region knows to expect a fire season, these most recent fires have been worse than most. This is because Australia is currently experiencing its worst drought in decades as well as a heatwave that broke the record for the highest nationwide average temperature in December. These elements combined have caused the fires to spread more rapidly than usual. Many experts also reference climate change as a contributing factor, as the increasingly extreme weather conditions are taking their toll on an already at-risk area.

There is also the human element—there have already been 24 people charged with deliberately starting bushfires this season.

By 4 man they are the ones that set the fire off. P.S they went to jail for it to dont know how long but they should be there for at lest 7 years of prison.
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5 days ago
There was a fat man jogging and from the friction in his giant thighs the somehow heated up the dry grass and it started a fire which grew out of control.
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Billie Ray
January 11, 2020 12:30PM
The fires started in various ways: some by lightning, some by human actions, including arson. However, it's the climate conditions that provide ample fuel for the fires to grow and spread. Before the fires ignited, Australia was already enduring its hottest and driest year on record.
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Armando Hinojosa
January 10, 2020 6:57PM
What the dude on top me said thats how it started.
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Terry D Lacey
January 09, 2020 6:57AM
Australia has constantly experienced bushfires - it's a "fire season". Though this year they're a lot more painful than normal. Fires tend to be brought on by lightning strikes or even unintentionally by a spark - but several fires may also be started off deliberately. Are the Australia fires due to climate change? This season an all natural climate phenomenon referred to as the Indian Ocean Dipole has intended a hot, dry spell across the nation. But the overwhelming medical consensus is the fact that rising amounts of CO2 are warming the earth. And Australia is getting hotter over recent years and is likely to keep on doing so. This season, Australia twice set a brand new temperature record: an average optimum of 41.9C was captured on eighteen December. Which will come on top of an extended period of drought. Researchers have long warned that this particular hotter, drier climate is going to contribute to fires becoming more and more frequent and even more rigorous. The greater intense weather patterns as well as higher temperatures increase the chance of bushfires and permit them to spread wider and faster.
The media narrative and the environmentalist agenda started pushing man-made global warming as the cause right out of the gate. They had to backtrack some and admit that some fires had been started from arson and that 24 arrests had been made. According to the Australian newspaper, The Australian, in a report on January 6, 2020, 183 arrests had been made and 24 charged with arson at that time. Other reports came out that many arrested were young, radical, environmental activists. I think it's quite plausible that environmental groups took advantage of the tinder-dry conditions of the drought and the overabundance of dry tinder due to environmentalist policies that halted forest management and burn back of ground clutter, and set the fires in order to manufacture a crisis and blame it on a boogie man to forward their agenda.
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Dana Kullmann
January 13, 2020 1:32AM
I understand nearly 200 people have been arrested for starting fires in Australia. I cannot fathom that 200 arsonists would just coincidentally decide to strike at the same time. The Australian government is notorious for covering up heinous acts by certain peoples living there. There has been no word about the ethnicity, religious ideology etc. of those arrested. Now considering the leader of Iran has threatened to burn America as Australia is burning, it gives one pause.
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Maria Alejandra Herrera
January 12, 2020 5:04PM
I think is because of global warming lmao I discovered this page because I was messing up with google :D
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Alyssa Mcintyre
January 09, 2020 12:39AM
With a really bad drought