Capturing The Devastation Of The Australian Bushfires One Year On
Last year’s bushfire season was one of Australia’s biggest natural disasters.
More than 18 million hectares were burnt, along with 6,000 buildings, causing catastrophic levels of air pollution. The fires also claimed at least 34 human lives and 3 billion animals were killed. Some endangered species are now believed to be extinct as a result.
One species affected was the Snowy Mountain brumby, an Australian feral wild-roaming horse. Brumbies are a controversial topic for Australians, as they are viewed by some as an invasive species and a threat to native ecosystems. But at the same time, these horses carry a great deal of symbolism for many people in Australia, particularly in rural Queensland.
“The romantic brumby became a symbol of local identity, of the high country’s way of life and of resistance to state control,” explains environmental historian Pete Minard.
Australian photographer Tom Goldner has produced a photobook documenting the bushfires. The series, titled ‘Do brumbies dream in red?’ considers humanity’s relationship with the natural world, positioning the feral horses at the centre of the work…
How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster
In a wildfire, hurricane, or other disaster, people with pets should heed the Humane Society’s advice: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your animals either.
Whether your charge is a lap dog, bird, outdoor cat, or farm animal, planning ahead for a potential evacuation can help you protect your animals and also first responders, who may risk their safety to save your pets.
Take the following measures now to help keep family pets safe should an evacuation become necessary…
Climate Council report finds cost of extreme weather in Australia has doubled since 1970s
Extreme weather events in Australia have cost the country more than $35 billion in the past decade, with that figure set to worsen in years to come, a new report has found.
The report, released by the Climate Council on Wednesday, found that the cost of extreme weather such as bushfires, floods and cyclones has almost doubled since the 1970s. It’s estimated that by 2038, extreme weather events could cost the national economy $100 billion each year.
The report’s lead author Professor Will Steffen said while the cost of the impact of natural disasters was high during the past decade, last summer’s devastating bushfires were not included in the final cost…