Monday, 06 July, 2020

Australian PM takes major polling hit amid bushfires

Coastal residents urged to flee as Australian fire risk escalates Man who lost his home in the Australia bushfires receives a $1 million ‘miracle’ | The Sacramento Bee
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2020, 01:08

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A firefighter died while on duty on Saturday in Australia's state of Victoria, raising the toll from this season's devastating bushfires to 28 deaths as the government deploys mental health services to aid those in affected areas.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suffered a blow to his approval rating amid the ongoing bushfire crisis. The fires have claimed 28 lives and destroyed almost 2,000 homes as well as millions of acres of pasture and wildlife.

Four firefighters were injured in New South Wales on Friday, where 10 regions have enacted total fire bans. Our party room has a wide range of views, "Morrison said of government members who oppose current climate science".

"If this BOM (Bureau of Metereology) rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one".

Mr Morrison said the scale of the bushfires was "unprecedented" and had created a situation in which Australians were demanding a greater response from the Federal Government than had been provided in the past.

Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, shared a video of the uplifting welcome on Twitter.

In the fight against the flames, the volunteer fire department veteran Mick Stain found some moth larvae or "witch maggots" and roasted them directly on the burning coals of the fire, which is known in Australia as Bush Tucker.

Oscar nominations 2020: Social media reactions from nominees
The 92nd Annual Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9 at 8 p.m. Pitt is considered a lock for best supporting actor .

The government has earmarked an initial AU$50 million (US$35 million) to spend on helping with the wildlife recovery.

The money will be targeted at threatened species including koalas and also be used to restore damaged animal habitats.

A lethal combination of temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit and strong winds, up to 55 miles per hour, are making conditions in Australia particularly risky heading into the weekend. As of Sunday, at least 120 fires continue to burn across the state of New South Wales alone, with 40 of them uncontrolled.

The fires have also devastated the country's wildlife, killing more than 1 billion animals.

"We want to reduce emissions and do the best job we possibly can and get better and better and better at it", he said. In such conditions, dry lightning is one of the main causes of starting wildfires, which in turn start more fires as a result of burning the embers blown by the wind. Another 140 are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Thousands of Australians took to the streets on Friday to protest against government inaction on climate change and were supported by protesters in London.