Smoke from Australian wildfires will travel around the globe

Pablo Tucker
January 15, 2020

These periods carry a high risk of fire because of a combination of low rainfall, low humidity, high temperatures, and frequent high winds, although anomalies have been observed in certain regions.

The powerful wildfires that have burned millions of acres of land are spreading so much smoke into the sky, NASA said that the smoke has circumnavigated the Earth.

The fires have already had "a dramatic impact on New Zealand", NASA said. A seven-day state of emergency was declared on December 23.

The catastrophic rating was added after the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria because conditions experienced had never been seen before and exceeded measurements available.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who just completed 300 consecutive days in space on her first space mission, also shared several pictures from orbit showing dust flying across Australia and smoke rising from several fires.

"This is everything we've worked for for the last 35 years, gone", he said. "That's more than the global average".


"Wildfires can't be prevented, and the risks are increasing because of climate change", said Colin Prentice, professor at Imperial College London.

Scientists have warned that such catastrophic forest fires could become "normal" in the future, which is exacerbated by the effects of climate change.

But the science on the connection between the two is clear.

Climate refugees, or environmental migrants, are people forced to abandon their homes due to changes in climate patterns or extreme weather events.

"Australia has measurably warmed by more than a degree".

"Overall, our review finds that climate change increases the frequency and severity of fire weather globally and thus increases the risk of fire occurring".


UV aerosol index information shows the impact of the Australian fires.

"Every second that we spend talking about whether the climate is changing, is a second we are not spending on looking at adaptation, mitigation strategies", Andrews told ABC Radio National. It was established by UEA and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. On the contrary, burnt regions have increased in closed-canopy forests, probably in reaction to the double pressures of forest degradation and climate change.

Once a thriving gold mining town home to over 1000 people, Nerrigundah has lately been home to just a few dozen people who love the peace of the Australian bush, a place far from the bustling cities where dogs can run free.

A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled fire as they work at building a containment line at a wildfire near Bodalla, Australia. Scientists have now made an annoying statement on this issue.

The dire consequences of global warming are now being shown in Australia.

In addition, the analysis demonstrated the importance of land management practices, Dr Jones said.


Based on the review, the scientists said fire weather seasons have lengthened in about a quarter of the Earth's vegetated surface, leading to about a 20 per cent increase in global mean length of the fire weather season.

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