One-third of Australia’s Kangaroo Island is now charred.
This means that some 600 square miles of the West side of the island—which abounds in(or once did)with forest, woodland and koalas—have been consumed by forest fires. Most of the fire burned since the new year, such as satellite imagery.
Like the Australian mainland, eight miles North, deep drought is amplified by extreme, record-breaking heat index of Bushlands burn. 2019 Australia The hottest and the driest Years on record, creating conditions for fire, Australian fire experts called”unprecedented.”
For decades, Australian researchers have warned that the hotter climate will increase the likelihood of larger and more frequent flame.
“The message is always the same,”James Ricketts, a veteran volunteer firefighter in Australia, and climate change impacts researchers, told Mashable earlier this week. “Increased warming means increased fire risk.”
The consequences can be seen below:
Ecologists estimate that about 25,000 koalas have died Kangaroo Island, according to NASA, while also threatening the bird species has been”brought back from the brink of extinction, over the past twenty years.”
In an ever-warming climate, still-rising carbon emissions, scientists project there will only be more and more large forest fires in decades ago into.
“What we see is a continued proliferation,”Christina Erickson, in his study of disaster in Australia, University of Wollongong,told Mashable. “They become more and more large. That is the pattern we see in the next few years.”