Australian Fire Emergency Alert

Australia’s record high temperatures combined with record low rainfall are a perfect (fire) storm.

Rivers are either dry or at record lows, and major city water supplies have forced high grade water restrictions. Some regional centres have already run dry, relying on water being trucked in.

Recently, Australia gained the dubious mantle of being the hottest place on earth. Temperatures have topped and exceeded 50c. The Birdsville Pub had an unofficial reading of over 53c.

While some media outlets continue to ignore climate change as the cause, an emergency arose as fires rage out of control, consuming everything in their paths.

The eastern seaboard is in flames with most, if not all, roads out of Sydney closed. For several weeks, Sydney has had hazardous air quality more than ten time the maximum safe level. Smoke pollution reduced visibility to a few kilometres.

Ferry services were cancelled on several days, and workers told to stay home.

New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berijiklian, said that holiday plans should be changed if they involved driving through fire zones.

Meanwhile, the NSW and QLD governments have approved new fossil fuel mining, and SANTOS has been given the green light to drain 46 gigalitres of water from the Great Artesian Basin, per year. The Northern Territory requires 40 gigalitres per year, by comparison.