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Old 13th February 2020, 09:27 PM   #441
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
He did. Australia is a state of NZ. If not, how can we make it so?
I'd be okay with that. Ardern is a much better PM than Morrison.
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Old 13th February 2020, 10:02 PM   #442
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Speaking of New Zealand...

Auckland set to break record for longest-ever spell without rain

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On Saturday the city will mark 40 days with no rain, as total fire ban declared across North Island


New Zealand’s largest city is on the cusp of its longest-ever dry spell, as a total fire ban is declared for the entire North Island, home to millions of people.

According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), on Saturday, Auckland will mark 40 days of no rain – breaking the previous record from 2013, when no rain fell for 39 days.

A dry day is classified as one in which less than 1mm of rain falls, with records for the Auckland region dating back to 1943.

The conditions have brought water restrictions and drought to many parts of the North Island with animals such as the iconic Kiwi also feeling the strain.

According to Niwa regions in Far Northland are now in “severe drought”, with water tankers having to be brought in to replenish supplies.
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Old 13th February 2020, 10:59 PM   #443
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Tell me about it. Was out and about in the countryside this week and the paddocks are brown and dead. Farmers are having to cull their herds and use feed that was prepared for winter. A number of the streams are going stagnant and horrid because they have sand bars at their mouths and the water is so low that it can't get out to sea, causing it to just form a pool that sits there baking in the heat.

We're forecast to get some rain next week, but at the moment it's getting towards the worse I have seen in 30 odd years.
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Old 13th February 2020, 11:00 PM   #444
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Old 13th February 2020, 11:07 PM   #445
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Originally Posted by PhantomWolf View Post
Tell me about it. Was out and about in the countryside this week and the paddocks are brown and dead. Farmers are having to cull their herds and use feed that was prepared for winter. A number of the streams are going stagnant and horrid because they have sand bars at their mouths and the water is so low that it can't get out to sea, causing it to just form a pool that sits there baking in the heat.

We're forecast to get some rain next week, but at the moment it's getting towards the worse I have seen in 30 odd years.
You have my sincere sympathies. Believe me, we know what it's like.
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Old 14th February 2020, 02:23 AM   #446
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Just saw a meme on Facebook:

Ex-tropical cyclone Uesi just hit Lord Howe Island, by the way. It'll get to the mainland before long.
Nope - it misses Aussie on the way to South Island.
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Old 16th February 2020, 10:04 PM   #447
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Nope - it misses Aussie on the way to South Island.
I saw that. In my defence, predicting the future is hard.
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Old 17th February 2020, 05:22 PM   #448
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
We've had something that I haven't seen in many years - a forecast where all of the listed upcoming 7 days have a rain icon. And that's been on my weather app for several days now.
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This is what comes of having a country full of atheist.

You're doing it backwards. It's supposed to be flood first, then fire.
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
He did. Australia is a state of NZ. If not, how can we make it so?

Look, even Ozians and Kiwis have trouble keeping up with the difference. How can you expect anyone else to be able to.
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Another severe storm is forecast for this afternoon. The last hailstorm did an estimated $514 million in damage, mostly to domestic vehicles.
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Ten thousand koalas may have died in NSW bushfires, inquiry hears

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As many as 10,000 koalas — a third of New South Wales' total population — are estimated to have perished this summer from bushfires and drought, an inquiry has heard.

Rappville and Waddell in northern NSW were among the worst-affected areas, with up to 80 per cent of the local koala population killed by bushfires, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study.

WWF conservation scientist, Dr Stuart Blanch, argued the marsupial should be listed as endangered following the estimated loss of a third of the total NSW koala population.

"What I've heard from people doing the surveys is that we might have lost 10,000 koalas from the fires and the droughts," he told the committee.

"It's brought forward a 2050 extinction projected timeline for most of the populations across the state by years."
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The East Gippsland megablaze has been contained.

Huge East Gippsland bushfire that burned for three months finally declared 'contained'

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A huge bushfire complex that charred more than 320,000 hectares of East Gippsland over the past 91 days has finally been contained.

Bairnsdale incident controller Brett Mitchell said a huge combined effort from emergency services and volunteers had largely extinguished the "Tambo-35" fires.

The complex, which Mr Mitchell said was believed to have started in November by lightning strikes, affected communities and areas around Wulgulmerang, Gelantipy, W Tree, Buchan, Wairewa, Bruthen, Sarsfield and the Tambo Valley.

One man, Buchan great-grandfather Mick Roberts, was killed.

"We have no active fire in this area," Mr Mitchell told ABC Radio Gippsland today.

"There are still a couple of hotspots that we will try and extinguish over the coming weeks but no active fire, which is great news."
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I noted in a news bulletin tonight there was a reference to thousands of homes destroyed in this seasons bushfires.

Wiki says 2,779 as at 13 January.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E...ushfire_season
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The size of Australia's bushfire crisis captured in five big numbers

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Many Australians just lost their summer, thanks to the recent bushfire crisis.

These intense fires devastated communities, destroyed wildlife populations and left many feeling bereft and overwhelmed.

To convey a sense of the unprecedented scale of the disaster much of the reporting focused on numbers, but where did these figures come from?

Here, we take a close-up look at five of these numbers: where they come from, and whether they're for real.
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Summer's bushfires released more carbon dioxide than Australia does in a year

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Devastating 2019-20 fires estimated to have released 830m tonnes of carbon dioxide, more than all bar five countries in the world


Australia’s devastating bushfire season is likely to have released 830m tonnes of carbon dioxide, far more than the country’s annual greenhouse gas pollution, according to a government estimate.

If compared with international emissions, it suggests the Australian temperate forest bushfires between September and February would rank sixth on a list of polluting nations, behind only China, the US, India, Russia and Japan.

The federal government analysis of the fires says temperate forests usually eventually recover from bushfire and they were expected to reabsorb most of the released carbon dioxide in the years ahead.

It cites the example of the 2003 fires that overran the Australian Capital Territory. It is estimated 96% of the carbon dioxide released then had been absorbed in regrowth by 2019. But the report notes rising climate change impacts, including droughts or more frequent and intense fires, could affect the ability of forests to recover.

Other scientists have been less optimistic about the capacity of Australian forests to reabsorb all emissions released during bushfires, warning under normal conditions it could take decades for enough regrowth to occur and the climate crisis was increasing the risk of repeat fires within shorter timeframes.
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Victoria should expect one or two more 'megafires' before end of decade, study finds

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Author says global heating is increasing risk of fires in the state and logging is making forests more flammable


Victoria is experiencing an increasing number of megafires that are threatening some of the state’s most important ecological habitats, a new study in a leading international journal has found.

Many areas had seen multiple bushfires since 1995 at a frequency that was much too high to allow forests time to recover, risking the beginning of ecosystem collapse, the research said.

Areas worst hit by bushfires were native forests used for logging, the research found, with 63% of those areas burned since 1995.
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Bushfire Royal Commission: Black summer fire smoke killed nearly 450 people

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Health experts have told the Bushfire Royal Commission smoke from the Black Summer bushfires that raged across Australia killed nearly 450 people and affected 80 per cent of the population.

The commission, which is looking into Australia's preparedness for and responses to natural disasters, is hearing from health experts about the short and long-term impacts of bushfires...


The commission heard modelling done by health researchers found 80 per cent of Australians were affected by bushfire smoke at some point over the 2019/2020 season.

Associate Professor Fay Johnston from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania said her team estimated around 445 people died as a result of the smoke, over 3,000 people were admitted to hospital for respiratory problems and 1,700 people presented for asthma.

"We were able to work out a yearly cost of bushfire smoke for each summer season and … our estimates for the last season were $2 billion in health costs," she said.
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This is turning into my personal blog.

Australian bushfires: FOIs shed new light on why Morrison government was ill-prepared

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Documents released under freedom of information show that despite warnings of dire fire risks, federal follow-up was sluggish


Scott Morrison’s decision to take a holiday in Hawaii as fires engulfed the east coast of Australia will go down as among the most unfortunate political missteps in recent history. The trip became emblematic of a federal government caught flat-footed for last summer’s unfolding bushfire catastrophe.

New documents, some released under freedom of information provisions, have shed more light on the government’s preparations for the bushfire season and response to it. The documents show that while some parts of the bureaucracy were aware by August that the country was facing a horror season, that urgency did not reach their political masters.

One of the most important questions for the royal commission into the bushfire crisis will be whether state and federal authorities effectively coordinated their response.

Disaster management is primarily a state responsibility, but the commonwealth also has a role, particularly when fires cross state lines and states need additional resources. Surprisingly, there is no clear power in the constitution to declare a national emergency.

Some important functions – notably aerial firefighting, telecommunications infrastructure, emergency broadcasts on the ABC, electricity grids and assistance from the military – are in the hands of the commonwealth, or funded by it.

But despite a scientific assessment in August warning of a dire outlook, many of the follow-up actions, such as more funding for aerial firefighting equipment, were slow to flow. There appears to have been little appreciation at the executive level of just how horrific the bushfire season was predicted to be.
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I'm guessing that someone mentioned the term 'global warming' somewhere in the warnings which triggered the 'la-la-la-I-can't-hear-you' behaviour in the COALition.

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There appears to have been a better reaction to the virus.
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Anatomy of a Megablaze

ABC pores through existing data and breaks down the fire from ignition to extinguish. Fascinating, and terrifying.
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