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Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians – survey

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The scale of the impact shocks researchers

DAMAGED. A resident walks away from her flood-damaged house in the bushfire-affected town of Cooma on January 5, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Will February be calmer? This week's outlook

Feb 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

And so it is that all our hopes for a calmer February may have been dashed. What happened last month anyway that could impact the coming weeks?

Dozens of koalas dead after logging at Australian plantation

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Friends of the Earth say the incident was uncovered when local residents witnessed dead koalas being bulldozed into piles in recent days

KOALA SELFIE. A koala takes a 'selfie' using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia, 03 April 2014. Wild Life Sydney Zoo/EPA

[ANALYSIS] My takeaway from the bushfires Down Under

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:43 PM

'Australians are quite divided on how to effectively deal with the recurrent bushfires'

3 U.S. firefighters die in Australia water bomber crash

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:17 PM

The 3 people killed in the Canada-owned C-130 Hercules aircraft were among the crews of specialist firefighters sent by several countries to help battle Australia's devastating bushfires

CRASH. This file photo taken on January 10, 2020 shows a C-130 Hercules plane from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service dropping fire retardent to protect a property during an operation to douse bushfires in Penrose, in Australia's New South Wales state. Photo by Saeed Khan/ AFP

Waterbombing plane missing as Australia bushfires flare

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) The incident brings the death toll in Australia's bushfires to at least 32 since the crisis began in September

AUSTRALIA FIRE. A helicopter dumps water on a bushfire in the outer suburbs of Melbourne on December 30, 2019. Photo by
William West / AFP

High alert for new Australia bushfires as heat and winds pick up

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Temperatures will tip above 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the country – including in Australia's biggest city, Sydney

HEAT. On December 31, 2019 a firefighter hoses down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. (Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP)

Australian Open sets air pollution limit after bushfire smoke anger

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Organizers unveil a five-step air quality rating based on pollutants measured by monitoring stations throughout Melbourne Park

BLOOD BOILING. 'The more I think about the conditions we played in a few days ago the more it boils my blood,' says Britain's Liam Broady. Photo from Liam Broady's Instagram

'Can't let this slide': Anger grows over smoke haze play at Open

Jan 16, 2020 - 7:35 PM

'The more I think about the conditions we played in... the more it boils my blood,' says British player Liam Broady as the Australian Open qualifiers continue despite toxic smoke from bushfires

MAKING A STAND. Liam Broady says the officials’ decision to continue play is like 'a slap in the face.' Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Relief as rain falls over Australian bushfires

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'This will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one. Fingers crossed,' the New South Wales Rural Fire Service says

A general view shows burnt trees along the Great Alpine road in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. (Photo by James Ross/POOL/AFP)

Bushfire smoke disrupts Australian Open buildup

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Dramatic scenes of players dropping to their knees and choking due to the smoke forced Australian Open organizers to suspend action in the qualifying rounds

HEALTH CONCERNS. Players like Eugenie Bouchard of Canada needed medical attention during the qualifiers. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Makeshift koala hospital scrambles to save dozens injured in bushfires

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Not all rescued koalas are so lucky. Many are found so badly injured that they need to be euthanized.

RESCUED. In this file photo, a dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on November 2, 2019, after its rescue from a bushfire that has ravaged an area of over 2,000 hectares. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Federer to donate to Australia bushfires appeal

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:56 PM

'If anyone can chip in, that's great because it's nice to show solidarity and help in a situation, which has become quite incredible in this country,' says Federer

DONATION. Roger Federer pledges the funds  at a charity match he will take part in later this week to raise funds for the appeal ahead of the Australian Open. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to bushfire smoke

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The EPA lists air quality in Melbourne, habitually ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities, as 'very poor'

EARLY START. Maria Sharapova hits it out before the start of the Australian Open 2020. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Australia's bushfire crisis turns off tourists

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'We've been selling Australia on clean air, clear skies, bright shiny beaches, hopping animals. Unfortunately, what people have been seeing (are) singed koalas and kangaroos,' says University of Technology Sydney lecturer David Beirman

RUINS. On January 8, 2020 Kiahan Bellchambers (L) and her brother Jesse Bellchambers look for belongings among the ruins of their house destroyed during bushfires in Batlow, in Australia's New South Wales state. (Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP)

Australian 'megablaze' brought under control

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:20 AM

The fire seared an area of national park 3 times the size of Greater London and lit several connected blazes totalling over 800,000 hectares – an area larger than Austria

HEAT. On December 31, 2019 a firefighter hoses down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. (Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP)

Bushfires bring fears of 'new normal' to life Down Under

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:06 PM

For many millions, the crisis has also shattered the long sunny days typically filled with beaches, barbecues and backyard cricket

'NEW NORMAL'. In this file photo, a burnt vehicle is seen on Quinlans street after an overnight bushfire in Quaama in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Serena Williams donates signed dress to Australian bushfire appeal

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Serena Williams joins a slate of sports stars from around the world who have stumped up memorabilia and cash to help pay for firefighting efforts

UP FOR AUCTION. Serena Williams donates her signed dress to help the Australian Bushfire relief operations. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

LOOK: Lizzo packs relief goods for Australia bushfire victims

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Grammy nominee thanks volunteers who have been working to provide aid to those who have been affected by the disaster

LIZZO. The singer-songwriter packs relief goods for people affected by Australian bushfires. Screenshot from Instagram.com/foodbankvictoria

Strong winds create Australian 'megablaze'

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Temperatures soar above 40 degrees Celsius in parts of New South Wales and neighboring Victoria, where attention is focused on the two fires that linked to form yet another monster blaze

'MEGABLAZE.' Cattle graze as the sky turns orange from bushfires in Towamba, 20km from Eden in southern New South Wales on January 10, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

From Thor to Fleabag, celebrities donate to Australian bushfire relief efforts

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:38 PM

From Aussie A-listers, sporting champions, to American stars – celebrities are splashing cash for Australia and are urging fans to do the same

Australia bushfires flare as heatwave brings renewed misery

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Soldiers go door-to-door advising residents to leave the South Australian town of Parndana on Kangaroo Island after a large blaze bore down on the area, with temperatures there soaring to 38 degrees Celsius

AUSTRALIA BUSHFIRES. This photo taken on January 8, 2020 shows Kiahan Bellchambers (L) and her brother Jesse Bellchambers looking for belongings amongst the ruins of their house destroyed during bushfires in Batlow, in Australia's New South Wales state.  Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Aussie NBA stars donate to bushfire relief effort

Jan 08, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Sixers star Ben Simmons lead 9 Australian NBA players providing financial assistance in the bushfire disaster in their country

RELIEF EFFORTS. Australian players like Ben Simmons and Aron Baynes hope to bring awareness to the Australian crisis. Photo by CJ Gunther/ EPA-EFE

Burned tigers, rescued kangaroos: Australia bushfire disinformation

Jan 08, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Social media is packed with powerful images of Australia's bushfires – but many are fake. Here is a selection of recent fact checks on the deadly blazes.

SURVIVOR. A dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on November 2, 2019, after its rescue from a bushfire that has ravaged an area of over 2,000 hectares. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia firefighters race to contain blazes as heatwave looms

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:21 PM

Exhausted volunteers clear ground vegetation and carry out controlled burns before temperatures and winds are expected to pick up again by Friday, January 10

AFTERMATH. A burnt vehicle is seen on Quinlans street after an overnight bushfire in Quaama in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

#ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Australia’s raging bushfires

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:29 PM

Filipinos and other people affected by the Australia bushfires need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

Bushfire photo from Shutterstock

Barty to give Brisbane winnings to Australia bushfire victims

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:38 PM

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has decided to donate her Brisbane winnings – potentially $250,000 – to Red Cross

HELPING HAND. Ashleigh Barty gives back to her home country Australia. Photo from Twitter/@rolandgarros


300 Filipinos evacuated as Australia bushfires rage

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine embassy in Canberra says Filipinos living in East Gippsland, Victoria, were evacuated to Bairnsdale City as a precautionary measure

DEADLY FIRE. This picture taken on December 31, 2019 shows a firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia's 'insurance' koala population halved by bushfires

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The Kangaroo Island koala species is particularly important to the survival of the wider population, as it is the only large group free from chlamydia

RESCUED. In this file photo, a dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on November 2, 2019, after its rescue from a bushfire that has ravaged an area of over 2,000 hectares. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Firefighters hit out at Aussie PM over bushfire response

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:13 PM

'You're a dick mate – if you were ever in the field to see what we go through, you've got no idea, man,' firefighter Paul Parker tells embattled Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

EMBATTLED PM. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits a wildflower farm in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. Photo by James Ross/Pool/AFP

Australia counts cost after day of fire fury

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The bushfire crisis turns into a flood disaster after a 4.5-million water tower breaks and sweeps away cars and fills homes with mud in the town of Cooma

DISASTER. A resident walks away from her flood-damaged house in the bushfire-affected town of Cooma on January 5, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Renewed fire threat sparks exodus to Australian cities

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under renewed criticism for his handling of the crisis

EVACUATION. This handout photo taken on January 3, 2020 and released by the Royal Australian Navy shows people being evacuated from Mallacoota, Victoria state on a landing craft to MV Sycamore, during bushfire relief efforts. AFP PHOTO/ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY

'Bad boy' Kyrgios donates $140 for each ace to help bushfire relief

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Nick Kyrgios, the 'bad boy' of tennis, makes a pledge for each ace he serves across the Australian summer games to support victims of bushfires raging around the country

Nick Kyrgios   Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Military evacuates fire-hit Australian town

Jan 03, 2020 - 2:30 PM

A navy landing craft from the HMAS Choules docks in the town of Mallacoota, where residents trapped on the foreshore since New Year's Eve clamber aboard with family, pets and a few belongings

This handout photo taken on January 2, 2020 and released by the Royal Australian Navy shows HMAS Choules sailing off the coast of Mallacoota, Victoria state to assist in bushfire relief efforts. Australia ordered residents and tourists out of the path of raging bushfires on January 2 as the country braced for a weekend heatwave expected to fan the deadly inferno. Helen FRANK / ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY / AFP

Australia scrambles to reach thousands stranded by bushfires

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:24 AM

3 people die and 5 others remain missing after parts of southeastern Australia were devastated by out-of-control blazes

AUSTRALIA FIRE. A helicopter dumps water on a bushfire in the outer suburbs of Melbourne on December 30, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Tourists at risk as heatwave fuels Australia bushfires

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:18 PM

More than 30,000 people are told to evacuate popular East Gippsland region amid fears soaring temperatures and gusting winds would stoke 3 large blazes, cutting off the last major road still open

Australia to compensate bushfire volunteers

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Volunteers who battled blazes can enjoy payments of up to Aus$300 per day for a maximum of Aus$6,000 per person

COMPENSATION. Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 35 kilometers north of Sydney on November 12, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

'Catastrophic' conditions as bushfires rage in Australia

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Authorities say they 'will not get on top of these fires until we get some decent rain'

State of emergency as bushfires rage in Australia

Dec 19, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Hospitals also record large increases in respiratory problems, leading doctors to call the fires a 'public health emergency'

EMERGENCY. Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city, as Australians braced for "severe" weather conditions expected to fuel deadly bush blazes. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Toxic Sydney bushfire haze a 'public health emergency'

Dec 16, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The Climate and Health Alliance calls on the Australian government to take urgent action to curb emissions, saying climate change is worsening bushfires that are having 'devastating impacts on human health'

HAZE. A bushfire burns outside the Perth Cricket Stadium in Perth on December 13, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australians protest as bushfire haze sparks health fears

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Sydney endures weeks bathed in toxic smoke as hundreds of blazes have raged across the countryside, with hospitals recording a 25% increase in the number of people visiting emergency departments last week

CLIMATE PROTEST RALLY. Demonstrators hold up placards at a climate protest rally in Sydney on December 11, 2019.Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Toxic bushfire haze blankets eastern Australia

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Fire engines race office-to-office across Sydney with sirens blaring, as inland bushfires poured smoke laden with toxic particles into commercial buildings

FIRES AND HAZE. Firefighters conduct back-burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast, some 90-110 kilometers north of Sydney on December 10, 2019.Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian PM denies climate link as smoke chokes Sydney

Nov 21, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's comments come after weeks spent refusing to speak about the link between climate change and deadly fires

ORANGE COLORED SKY. This handout picture taken and released courtesy of Petra Johansson on November 21, 2019 shows the sky turning orange from dust storms caused by bushfires in Mildura in Victoria state. Handout photo courtesy of Petra Johansson/AFP

Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises

Nov 19, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The usually blue skies of Sydney turns a miserable grey, with world-famous landmarks the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge dulled against the skyline

BUSHFIRE SMOKE. The Sydney skyline seen through the bushfire smoke at dawn on November 19, 2019. Photo by Esther Chan/AFP

Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to 4

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:59 PM

More than 100 blazes were burning on Thursday but a respite from tough conditions sees the danger from many fires downgraded and residents returning to sift through the remains of their homes

SAFE. Neighbors Teresa de Ruyter (L) and Michelle Wilson (R) embrace after returning to their homes after the bushfires near the small town of Nana Glen, some 600 kilometers north of Sydney, on November 13, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Sydney region faces 'catastrophic' bushfire threat

Nov 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

For the first time, Australia's largest city and the surrounding area faces the highest level of fire warning – with authorities cautioning that 'lives and homes will be at risk'

BURNT. A vintage Jaguar car sits in ruins after a bushfire destroyed a property in Old Bar, 350km north of Sydney on November 10, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

'Uncharted territory' as bushfires rage across Australia's east

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Around a hundred blazes pockmark the New South Wales and Queensland countryside, with around 19 of them dangerous and uncontained

BUSHFIRE. Photo taken on November 7, 2019 shows a large bushfire burning 20,000 hectares in the Wollemi National Park near Lithgow, 100 kilometers west of Sydney. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Australia bushfires raze ancient World Heritage-listed forests

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:17 AM

One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values

LOST FOREVER? World Heritage-listed forests that trace their origins back to the supercontinent Gondwana have been burnt by Australian bushfires raging for more than two weeks, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Photo by Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service/AFP