Australian MPs Call on the PM to Block Assange’s Extradition

Two Australian MPs who've been to visit Wikileaks founder and keen skateboardist Julian Assange in prison have announced that they think Boris Johnson should be trying to block his extradition to the US. Read More >>

Australia’s Bushfires Brought 113 Species Closer to Extinction

Australia has been through the wringer this year. The disastrous bushfire season has led to a dramatic increase in carbon emissions, crazy conspiracy theories, firefighter deaths, some billions of dollars in damage, and the heartbreaking loss of more than a billion animals. A new report shows how more a hundred species on the continent are in peril as a result of these devastating fires. Read More >>

High School Teacher Holds Class by Videochat While in Coronavirus Quarantine

A high school math teacher in Australia who recently visited China has found a novel way to keep his students engaged while he sits in self-imposed quarantine over concerns that he visited a country with high concentrations of the new coronavirus. He’s conducting his class through videochat while sitting 5 miles away in his own home. Read More >>

An Intense Heat Wave Has Fire Danger Rising Again in Australia

Australia just can’t seem to catch a break. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather update Thursday noting that the current heat wave that began on the northwestern part of the continent last week is making its way southeast, toward the region where the bushfires continue to burn. Read More >>

Australia’s Bushfire Crisis Has Spread to the Nation’s Capital

Bushfires are still scorching Australia and the crisis is far from over. Read More >>

Firefighters Die in Plane Crash While Battling Australian Fires

Three American firefighters died in a plane crash while battling Australia’s bushfires in the state of New South Wales on Thursday, according to authorities in the region. It’s not immediately clear what caused the firefighting air tanker to crash. Read More >>

Red Cross Has Dispersed Just 25% of Money Raised For Australian Bushfire Victims

The Red Cross in Australia is coming under fire from at least one local politician for dispersing just a quarter of the money collected for bushfire victims who have lost their homes. About AUD$30 million of AUD$115 million (about £15.6 million of £60 million) recently donated by the public to Red Cross Australia has been given to people affected by the bushfire crisis so far. And some people say that isn’t enough. Read More >>

Australia’s Bushfires Have Likely Doubled the Nation’s Carbon Emissions

A month ago, NASA estimated that Australia’s recent bushfires released 250 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, which is almost half of the country’s yearly emissions. The fires have raged on since then, and shit is getting worse – way worse. New research from scientists with the Global Fire Emissions Database shows that the bushfires likely contributed 900 million metric tonnes of carbon, Bloomberg reports. Read More >>

Dildos and Nude Fundraising Show How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Norms

The scope of the Australian bushfires is almost too horrifying to even try to grasp. A billion animals: dead. Sydney: shrouded in toxic air. Aboriginal sacred sites: gone. The Southern Hemisphere: blanketed in smoke. Read More >>

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When All the Forests Burn

Nature offers us some of the most sophisticated technology there is. While scientists and engineers continue to scratch their heads trying to figure out how to develop ways to effectively capture our carbon, trees already cracked the code. They’ve been absorbing carbon forever, man. So have other kinds of flora. Grasslands, wetlands and even underwater kelp forests pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in, well, themselves. Read More >>

Firefighters Save Australia’s Endangered ‘Dinosaur Trees’ From Raging Bushfires

The Wollemi Pines in Australia are like nothing else in the world. These so-called “dinosaur trees” live in northwest Sydney, and they were extremely close to being burned over and lost forever. In a rare victory among all the Very Sad News coming out of the Australian bushfires, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service managed to save these centuries-old trees. Read More >>

Wildfires Have Absolutely Ravaged Australia’s Cherished Kangaroo Island

Approximately one-third of Australia’s Kangaroo Island has been torched by recent wildfires, as new satellite photos reveal. Given the island’s ecological importance, it’s a tragedy for the ages. Read More >>

Bushfires Are ‘Obliterating the Cultural Memory’ of Australia’s Aboriginal People

The deadly, ongoing bushfires in Australia have been burning for months. Around Christmas, however, the glittering orange flames grew closer to the community of East Gippsland in eastern Victoria, home to more than 46,000 people. Alice Pepper, an indigenous community organiser with the Gunaikurnai people, among them. Read More >>

Why Won’t Jeff Bezos Send Dick Pics to Help Save the Koalas?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been making headlines lately after giving £531,000 (1 million in Australian dollars) to help Australia recover after devastating bushfires burned 26.4 million acres (and counting). Read More >>