In NSW, Australia the bush fires are out of control right now. They have burned almost two million hectares and are still going (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50511963), burning hundreds of wild animals. The animal hospitals are filled with koalas and kangaroos that are suffering from severe burns. These animals are hard to save from the fires because of their quiet nature. Very few native australian forest animals are vocal unless put in extreme pain or danger, and at that point it’s too late.
Aside from the endangerment of the animals these fires are showing the impact of climate change. There’s still about a week left until the summer officially begins, yet Melbourne has already experienced the hottest day since 1874. Some scientists have tried to link this to their carbon dioxide emissions. They emit 1.3% of global emissions and only 0.3% of the global population. This is very disproportionate and could show a reason for these extreme fires (https://time.com/5735660/sydney-bushfires/).
The combination of the hot temperatures and strong winds creates for deadly fires. Destroying much of Australia’s forest and farmland the smoke has covered sydney and nearby cities, creating harmful air conditions and knocking out power. (https://www.aljazeera. com/news/2019/11/australia-bushfires-smoke-blankets-sydney-191122123014179.html). Not only do these conditions put children and the elderly at extreme risk but many peoples homes have been taken due to the fire. This only being the beginning of summer shows the dry and worrisome summer ahead.