Unprecedented Australian bushfires stoke a debate about climate change
VEN FOR A country accustomed to bushfires, the scenes look apocalyptic. Swathes of eastern Australia have burned. As The Economist went to press, more than 129 fires were raging in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. Together they have swallowed more than 2.5m acres (1m hectares), producing smoke so thick that it can be seen from space. At least 200 homes have been incinerated and four people killed in the inferno.
Never before have bushfires struck Australia on such a scale. Many people have been surprised by their ferocity. The blazes have reached the outer suburbs of Sydney, a city of over 5m people (the police are investigating whether some of the fires that threatened it were lit on purpose). They were also edging towards Noosa, a popular beach resort in Queensland…
Want to Build Unbeatable Mental Toughness? Here Are 5 Surprisingly Effective Ways
Just one week after he graduated from Yale Law School, while he was training for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Seun Adebiyi was diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia. This forced him to put his Olympic dreams on the back burner as he rethought his life plans.
Adebiyi knows all about mental toughness and resilience. After experiencing firsthand the difficulty of finding stem cell donors (the odds of finding a genetically compatible donor is less than 17 percent for those of African descent, compared to 70 percent for Caucasians), Seun took it upon himself to found Nigeria’s first national bone marrow registry–the second ever in Africa.
And Adebiyi did eventually participate in the Olympics, carrying the torch for Nigeria in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, Adebiyi is cancer-free, and he made the decision to become an entrepreneur. He’s currently a self-employed, freelance attorney with InCloudCounsel, a legal technology company that automates and enhances high-volume legal processes…