From The Australian this morning:
Air quality has plunged, Sydney is choking on smoke, buildings have been evacuated and ‘false’ smoke alarms have sounded across the city. The bushfire crisis gripping NSW is building with a “lethal” combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds creating horrific conditions for firefighters battling 87 blazes burning from the south coast to the Queensland border.
There are a lot of fires buring on and around the New South Wales coast at the moment. Regular readers will know that I wrote a series of articles a few weeks ago where I explained that the principle reason that the fires are so bad is due to the forest mismanagement around the entire country over the last 25 years. If you let that much fuel load build up then good luck when it goes up in flames because nothing short of a torrential downpour will stop it, and maybe not even then. The defining feature of Class A fires is their heat retention abilities. Slow to get going and very slow to stop.
But the envelopment of Sydney in thick smoke has caused the hardcore climate change pro-green media to rethink their strategy of blaming the fires on the imaginary and capricious weather gods. In other words, it’s one thing to hold pie in the sky attitudes as you flirt around the coffee machine, but it’s another thing entirely when soot starts to build up in your latte.