Some 4,000 people spent New Year's Eve on the beach to avoid the flames. And there is no reason to expect this warming to slow without concerted political action. ... (14.01.2020) Audios and videos on the topic. The flood risk from the heavy rains is exacerbated by the bare soil and lack of vegetation caused by the drought and by bushfires that destroy forest and grassland. Last year was the driest and hottest year on record in Australia. Rain brings relief and flash floods to eastern Australia – video ... January 12, 2020. Wildfires burning across four Australian states that day destroyed hundreds of properties and caused multiple fatalities. Contact But all droughts end eventually. An air tanker drops fire retardant over the Gospers Mountain fire near Colo Heights, northwest of Sydney, Australia on November 15, 2019. From Friday October, Breaking: Two large objects orbiting Earth could smash together somewhere over the east coast of Aus, Sydney Floods: Disaster Unfolding with Floods and Extreme Weather, Sydney Floods: Suburbs, NSW Towns Evacuating, Space Objects Could Collide Over East Coast of Australia, NSW Removes Restrictions on 500 Person Concerts, Sydney Weather: Flash Flood Warning for Drivers. Earlier in the week, the NSW Rural Fire Service described the bureau’s rainfall projections as “all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one”. Australia’s horror bushfire season has so far burnt through more than 10m hectares of land, killed 28 people, and destroyed thousands of homes nationwide. It is also increasing the likelihood of heavy rains and flash floods while simultaneously making droughts worse in some areas. In New South Wales state alone, officials estimate 30% of koala habitat - eucalpyt woodlands, which they use for both food and shelter - may have been lost. Thousands of people, mainly from the southeastern coast, have already been evacuated in anticipation of adverse conditions. Some parts of the country have had several years of drought in a row. The UN has warned that emissions need to fall by 7.6% a year to save the planet. There were 82 fires burning across New South Wales, 30 uncontained, and several fires in Victoria, according to fire authorities. Although the fires have tragically claimed many lives, many others have been saved by the improved firefighting and warning systems, supported by improved weather and climate forecast systems to emergency services and the media by the Bureau of Meteorology. At least 45 koalas were being treated for burns at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Global warming is already lengthening the fire season and making heatwaves more intense, more frequent, and longer. Firefighters protect homes around Charmhaven, New South Wales, on December 30. On January 2, the EU Copernicus program recorded the highest concentrations of atmospheric carbon monoxide in the world over the "clean" South Pacific Ocean stemming from the fires in Australia. As of January 17, fires have burnt roughly 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of land, an area larger than South Korea or Portugal. In some parts of eastern Australia, drought-hit communities received more rain in the last 24 hours than they did in all of December. Australia Wildfire. | Mobile version, the weather change would bring much-needed respite, NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. Several major highways were cut off, while theme parks closed in southeastern Queensland after some of the heaviest rain in months fell in the state. ... Fire, snow and floods: The weather extremes of 2020. Fires and floods: Australia already seesaws between climate extremes – and there's more to come ... Sun 9 Feb 2020 21.50 EST Last modified on Mon 10 Feb 2020 01.51 EST. We are at the riskiest time for heatwaves in southern Australia. He spent 35 years with the Bureau of Meteorology, with his research focusing on how and why the climate is changing, Available for everyone, funded by readers. #NSWRFS #nswfires pic.twitter.com/R9VfD0bqu2. The Rural Fire Service said Saturday it was continuing to make the most of benign conditions to fight "75 bushfires, of which 25 are still to be contained.". In New South Wales state alone, officials estimate 30% of koala habitat - eucalpyt woodlands, which they use for both food and shelter - may have been lost. Apartment basements also…, Sydney floods : People in outer Sydney suburbs and towns across New South Wales are being evacuated as torrential rain hits. They have caused an estimated one billion wildlife and livestock deaths, raising concerns that some threatened populations may never recover.