Climate Crisis

Naheen Khan, Reporter

Australia is being devastated by the worst wildfires seen in decades; there isn’t any signs of stopping any time soon either. The wild fires not only are going to affect what Australians eat and wear, but it’s unleashing tons of carbon dioxide. Scientists worry that the increase in the heat-trapping greenhouse gas could speed up the climate change process and foreshadow a “new normal” for yearly emissions, particularly as global warming intensifies wildfires become more common and fire seasons lengthen. The wildfires are not only harming the earth, but the infrastructure as well more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed or ravaged. The State and federal authorities are struggling to contain the massive fires, even with the assistance of other countries & the United States, they are finding many difficulties. The causes of these massive blazes can be blamed on 2 things that being the fire season during the Australian summer. The hot and dry weather makes it easy for blazes to start and spread. Natural causes are to blame most of the time, for example, lightning strikes in drought affected forests. Dry lightning has become responsible for starting a number of wild fires. Humans also are a reason for these fires. According to a police report NSW police arrested 23 people, because they deliberately started bush fires. It’s a safety hazard to the public and themselves. The wildfires currently are some of the worst ever scene in Australia’s wildfire history, they are experiencing one of the worst droughts ever. Even with all the help they’re receiving, it’s hard when natural causes are working against you.