January 27, 2020
The fires in Australia are beyond catastrophic. Billions of animals have perished along with at least 12 million acres of land, 2,000 homes and 24 lives. According to the New York Times, a new survey estimates that “more than half of all Australians have been directly affected by the fires, with millions suffering adverse health effects. The economic damage keeps growing, the total cost placed at about $100 billion Australian dollars (more than $68 billion), and rising. Gross domestic product is already impacted.” One climatologist fears that, if the current trajectory holds, the continent will simply become uninhabitable.
So what steps is the Australian government taking? It’s proposing 53 new coal mines.
I am not making this up.