Bushfire inquiry says Australia must prepare for ‘alarming outlook’
Australia must prepare for an “alarming” future of simultaneous and worsening natural disasters, says a long-awaited report into the country’s bushfires. A royal commission inquiry examined Australia’s Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 – which ravaged vast swathes of the nation – and other disasters. At least 33 people died in what was by many measures an unprecedented season.
The report made more than 80 recommendations to the government. They included detailed proposals to improve national response efforts, tools and climate data, among many other areas.
It also reiterated that climate change had exacerbated the extreme conditions which caused the fires, but that future projections were more grim…
70-year-old pulled out alive in Turkey as quake toll hits 71
Rescue workers in western Turkey extricated a 70-year-old man from a collapsed building Sunday, some 34 hours after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea struck Turkey and Greece, killing at least 71 people and injuring more than 900.
The man was pulled out of the rubble overnight and doing well at a hospital, according to the Turkish health minister. The minister tweeted that the survivor, Ahmet Citim, told him, “I never lost hope.” The operation that saved Citim was the latest in a series of remarkable rescues after the Friday afternoon earthquake.
But on the third day since the disaster, search-and-rescue teams appeared to be finding more bodies than survivors in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city. They continued searching in eight toppled buildings, but work was paused at one when authorities determined the damaged structure next door was also at risk of falling, forcing rescuers and people waiting outside to retreat…