Last week I wrote about how forest mismanagement in Australian forests has created an artificial water crisis. But the decision not to actively manage forests and to let forest debris and scrub build up has other consequences as well, particularly in a harsh environment such as Australia.
This has meant a massive increase in forest undergrowth which looks absolutely lovely in winter with the rain settling on the pretty forests and absolutely terrifying in summer when the static spark from your nylon dress brushing the ground might be enough to start a raging inferno. There will always be fires in the Australian bush but the scope that we see today is off the charts. Inevitably this is put down to the other great new god of climate change. How could it not be so?
Unfortunately these were timely words as a couple of days later the east coast of central Australia exploded into flames.