Fires and Burning

Sydney air pollution from scheduled burn led to 14 premature deaths, researchers find

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Aren’t we told planned burns are done to save lives? How come so many people are dying and suffering from the smoke they generate then? In November, 14 people died from the burns smoke that blanketed Sydney. Many more suffered asthma attacks and were hospitalised. How long has this been hidden from the public, with health records kept under wraps?  [Ed]

Photo: Sydney Harbour was shrouded in smoke during hazard reduction burns in May. (Supplied: Stephen Coates)

Up to 14 people died prematurely due to smoke from a hazard reduction burn in Sydney, new research has found, prompting calls for better warnings.

The secret life of echidnas reveals a world-class digger vital to our ecosystems

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Echidnas may not seem the most active of animals. Waddling around, they spend much of their time dozing and hiding. But in research published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology, we show that echidnas dig huge amounts of soil, and play a crucial role in Australia’s ecosystems.

Tasmania fires: First images of World Heritage Area devastation emerge, show signs of 'system collapse'

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Tasmania's Central Plateau as captured by wilderness photographer Dan Broun. (Dan Broun)

The first images to emerge from within Tasmania's fire-affected World Heritage Area (WHA) have illustrated the level of destruction caused by bushfire, as experts warn such incidents are signs of a changing climate.

Backburn may have caused Wye River fire to escape

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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A controversial backburning operation, carried out despite warnings of potential catastrophe, may have led to the Christmas Day devastation of the Wye River township, leaked files reveal. 

The confidential state government files reveal that three days after a lightning strike on December 19 caused a small, half-hectare blaze to begin near Wye River, Victorian fire officials ordered a controlled burn operation which included the dropping of small fireballs from aircraft.

South Coast residents concerned about bushfire risk from logging slash

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Logging slash in the Boyne State Forest

Logging slash in the Boyne State Forest, on the western side of the Princes Highway. Photo: John Perkins

Residents on the NSW south coast have expressed alarm at "metres high" piles of logs, leaves and branches left on forest floors after logging, as the bushfire season approaches.

Coroner finds AusNet could have prevented Marysville's devastating Black Saturday bushfire

Friday, December 4, 2015

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Marysville, the day after the 2009 bushfire. Photo: Keith Pakenham/CFA Public Affairs

The Black Saturday bushfire that destroyed Marysville could have been prevented if a power company had followed basic safety standards, according to an explosive coronial finding.