‘Like opening a fan oven’: Australia’s rainforest threatened by bushfires, Guardian, Lisa Cox, 9 Dec 18
As the weather gets hotter and drier, and cyclones increase, those living in Australia’s north will need to adapt to the fire danger……..
This year, early summer heat broke all-time records for Queensland. In Cairns, the tropical port city in the state’s far north, 1,600km (1,000 miles) north of Brisbane, the previous highest temperature in November was 37.2C, set in 1900. On Monday 26 November, the mercury hit 42.6C.
Bushfires are common in Australia but they mostly flare in the south-eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, where summers can be hot and dry.
But Queensland, much of which is located in the tropics, joins other parts of the globe, such as California and Greece, where unusually hot and dry conditions have fuelled catastrophic fires which are forcing a rethink of…