Towns north of Perth threatened by out-of-control blazes as mercury set to hit 40C for third day, and 111 fires continue to burn in NSW Thousands of properties have been saved from a bushfire raging out-of-control north of Perth but authorities say the threat isn’t over. On Sunday the Yanchep blaze remained at an emergency warning after firefighters protected about 6,000 homes from the near-12,000 hectare blaze burning since Wednesday.
Death comes as bid to retrieve the remains of those still missing on White Island is unsuccessful An Australian victim caught in New Zealand’s deadly White Island volcano eruption has died in hospital in Sydney, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 16. The man died in Concord hospital almost a week after the deadly blast. It was the first death to occur in Australia following the eruption.
Large deposits of sediment and ash in reservoir which supplies 80% of the city’s drinking water creates ‘serious situation’ Sydney’s drinking water supply is at risk of the same “worst-case scenario” facing some New South Wales regional communities, where large amounts of bushfire ash has been swept into dams by heavy rainfall, a water expert has warned. Stuart Khan, a water quality security expert and environmental engineer from the University of NSW, said recent bushfires had left large deposits of ash in the Warragamba Dam catchment, which supplies 80% of the city’s drinking water.
Defence force operatives fail to locate missing pair as death toll from tragedy rises to 15 after a patient dies from injuries A follow-up mission to New Zealand’s White Island in a bid to retrieve the remains of those still missing after Monday’s volcanic eruption has been unsuccessful. Defence force operatives returned to Whakaari on Sunday, two days after their
Towns north of Perth threatened by out-of-control blazes as mercury set to hit 40C, and 111 fires continue to burn in NSW More than 6,000 homes have been saved but an emergency warning remains in place for a bushfire raging out of control north of Perth. On Sunday morning the blaze had already destroyed almost 12,000 hectares with about 400 firefighters battling to bring it under control.
Many Māori say it is wrong for anyone to set foot on Whakaari, which is considered a living ancestor As dawn broke on Saturday, the small coastal community of Whakatāne was keeping its fingers collectively crossed. About 50km away, across the slate-grey water, naval divers to retrieve the bodies of two victims still missing after the White Island volcano disaster. The first of the to be identified was that of who was on holiday with her family, police said on Saturday. She shouldn’t be taken for granted any more.
More than 700 houses have been destroyed since the bushfire crisis began. What happens next for those who have lost everything? One month after a bushfire burned the home they built from scratch in the northern New South Wales town of Nymboida, Stu Mackay is sifting through the rubble to find cast-iron tools. The tools are heirlooms, and the Mackays will need them to rebuild. Theirs is one of 632 houses lost in NSW since Friday 8 November, when deadly weather conditions sent fast-moving bushfires through . Guardian Australia spoke to four people who lost their home or business on that first day.
Many of Tasmania’s giant trees suffered in the summer fires of 2019 and now lie in ruins In Australia’s island state of Tasmania, many of the world’s biggest flowering trees lie in ruins after this year’s bushfires. The Arve Giant, a eucalyptus regnans (“king of the eucalypts”), had attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in recent decades, but it succumbed in January. Adventure photographer Steve Pearce recently photographed the collapsed giant. Before its fall, it was a contender for the world’s biggest flowering tree by volume at 360 cubic metres, which is roughly the equivalent volume of three Boeing 737-300s. “This tree was 87 metres tall. It had a circumference of 17.2 metres. Now it is just a crumpled mess,” said Pearce. The world’s biggest and tallest trees are the softwood redwood trees of California. This year a 100.7-metre (Yellow meranti) flowering giant was discovered in the Borneo rainforests, topping the tallest of Tasmania’s trees by just 20cm.
Krystal Browitt was on White Island with her father and sister when the eurption occurred Krystal Browitt, the 21-year-old Melbourne woman missing since the White Island volcano eruption, has become the first victim to be identified by police from the six bodies recovered from the island on Friday. Browitt was on the island with her sister Stephanie and her father Paul when the volcano erupted. Stephanie is in a coma in hospital with her mother, Marie, who stayed on board their cruise ship instead of taking the volcano trip, at her bedside. Paul Browitt is being treated for burns in hospital in Melbourne.
Operation resumes in waters around New Zealand’s Whakaari but police rule out resumption of ground search Police and navy divers have returned to the waters around New Zealand’s White Island where authorities are increasingly convinced a seventh and eighth body could be found following Monday’s volcanic eruption. But there was no resumption of the ground search on Saturday as authorities consider the next steps in their .
Blaze moving west after wind change and people in Guilderton have been advised to head north if way is clear Residents of a small coastal town north of Perth have been told to leave if the way is clear as an out-of-control bushfire bears down on them. The blaze is moving west after an early morning wind change, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services is advising people in Guilderton to head north if the way is clear.
With the country facing water and climate emergencies, the last thing we need is more spin from leaders in thrall to the big end of town A from the Hunter region threatened our largest city while its residents sucked in polluted air and saw ash coming from the sky. An of what is in store in the now not-so-lucky country. Do not be fooled. In a our leaders would have us believe that the lack of water is all about the drought and the bushfires are part of a typical Australian summer (ignoring the thousands of years of sound water and land management by Indigenous Australians). The truth is that our most precious resource, water, and failed to act on climate change.
Australian political leaders have been captured by vested interests
Air pollution in New Delhi, India, is facing a three-year high as emergency measures cause vehicle restrictions and force school closures. New Delhi is considered one of the world's most polluted cities and air pollution typically peaks in November for the region.