Australia has been going through a very rough time lately with the bushfires that have been sweeping across the continent. Over 15 million acres have been destroyed so far, along with 200 homes, a minimum of 25 people and an estimate of 1 billion animals. The skies across the country have turned red and the entire land is filled with smoke.
Sydney pollution is at epic levels and simply breathing the air is similar to smoking 37 cigarettes a day according to Vox. If it isn’t bad enough that the fires are raging, they are also dealing with high temperatures and a severe drought. A Red Cross report states: “The intensity and size of bushfires in some areas has led to the creation of their own weather systems, generating pyrocumulonimbus clouds, trapping heat and generating strong wind and lightning strikes, in turn sparking further fires.”
Entire forests have been burned to the ground. “I think the severity and extent of this fire season will represent tipping points for many ecological communities,” said Lesley Hughes, an ecologist and climate scientist at Macquarie University in Sydney. “Australia will be a very changed place,” she said of the country once the fire ceases.
Australia’s government is also turning a blind eye to their need for fossil fuel and how it has impacted climate change. A look down through the before-and-after pictures below will show you just how bad things have become.
1. Mogo Wildlife Park
So many of you have asked .. Has Sharni had her baby yet 🙂 ….. No we are all still waiting .. But what is better than…
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) December 31, 2019
2. Main Street of Cobargo in Bega shire
— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) December 31, 2019
3. Blue Mountains
blue mountains, australia – before & after pic.twitter.com/uCGFEgEuhB
— dev (@formercatholic_) January 3, 2020
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4. Kangaroo Island Road
5. Kangaroo Island
before and after photos taken of southern ocean lodge on #kangarooisland.
— ⭕️ Em (@dresdendoll) January 4, 2020
6. Mount Cook in New Zealand Affected By Australian Fire
Australia’s smoke from the bush fires means you can’t see Mt Cook in New Zealand. Look at the before and after pictures. pic.twitter.com/MCAABQLb6I
— John Chandler (@JChandler66) January 1, 2020
Ending the year with a vision of Climate Armageddon in Australia. Temperatures so high that roads are melting, and bushfires so severe that the sky turns blood red.
— Cattan (@CattanScience) December 31, 2019
8. House of an Australian Family
— Sribala Subramanian (@bsubram) January 4, 2020
— 💧 Mad Fucking Witches (@MadFckingWitch) December 30, 2019
— James Morris (@james_rfs) December 22, 2019
This is the view today compared to the same time last year where we’re staying in Merimbula with our in-laws for our summer holiday. We can hear firefighting helicopters landing at the airport below but cannot see a thing #NSWfires pic.twitter.com/2JqP2HbfTH
— Fiona Purcell (@FiPurcell) December 31, 2019
12. Batemans Bay Mini Golf
13. Roebuck Bay
— Crumbs and Corks (@_muffinqueen) January 1, 2020
14. Kangaroo Island
There’s so many shocking images of the bush fires in #Australia. In November Roz & I were in Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The island’s mainly bush, and much has been decimated. In the background are the aptly named Remarkable Rocks before and after. #PrayForAustralia 🙏 pic.twitter.com/K6A8jGMGg9
— Rob Barnett (@RobBarnett82) January 8, 2020
15. New Zealand
16. New South Wales