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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Severe storms are expected to bring some relief in the coming days from huge bushfires scorching Australia but the heavy downpours could also carry the risk of landslides and water pollution, officials said on Wednesday.
Chinese blogger fans flames of controversy by blaming ‘lazy and unpatriotic’ Australians for bush fires
Post contrasting China’s handling of the 1987 Daxinganling wildfire with the current situation in Australia prompts vigorous debate. Comments that blame fires on ‘human rights and democracy’ face criticism for turning a Chinese disaster into patriotic ‘song of triumph’ to gain clicks online.
PETALING JAYA: Climate experts are warning that the approaching dry weather will provide a conducive environment for open burning in the country.
BURRAGATE (Australia): A firefighter was killed by a falling tree while battling the Australian wildfire crisis overnight and the prime minister on Sunday (Jan 12) said his government was adapting and building resilience to the fire danger posed by climate change.
SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's weather agency sees no sign of cooler weather or significant rainfall in the next few months, an unwelcome forecast for authorities who have warned that only a large downpour will halt bushfires sweeping across the country.
IT HAS been a tempestuous year for Sarawak, ecologically at least. We have had forest fires raging non-stop in Miri and Kuala Baram for two months, floods “drowning” Marudi town for two weeks, high floodwaters inundating Baram settlements, massive soil erosion in Kuching, Matang and Bintulu... the list goes on.
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia's east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and military helicopters to aid firefighting and evacuations.
JAKARTA, ANN, Dec 31 -- The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is planning to buy a locally made aircraft to strengthen its effort in forest fire prevention through artificial rain.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - More than 245 homes have been destroyed and 700 people left destitute after a forest fire tore through a low-income area of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least $5.2 billion (4.05 billion pounds), equal to 0.5% of gross domestic product, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday.