Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Disasters

What a terrible thing has happened in New Zealand, that is the a volcano exploding and killing many Australians and other people who were on the island when they were visiting from a cruise ship. Whether it was a safe ship excursion is yet to be judged and of course all will have signed a disclaimer by the ship tour documentation. More will die from burns in hospital, and what a horrible way to die, a terrible lingering death. A friend once visited an active volcano in Hawaii and was very close up, yet he took his chances and survived.

Meanwhile back on this big island west of New Zealand we have the most terrible bushfires, especially in the state of New South Wales. Numbers numbers. I can't remember but did I hear 650 homes destroyed? 2,000 koalas killed? Innumerable other animals both large and small, along with farmed sheep, horses and cattle. This has not been a disaster fire that happened in one day, but one over a number of weeks.

I am a little reluctant to criticise Prime Minister Morrison as media shows what they will show, but he does rather seem to be missing in action during this fire disaster, perhaps spooked that the fires are so bad because of the suggestion of climate change which he and the Liberal Party seem to be completely ignoring. Within the party there are expert politicians with some kind of weird instinctive knowledge of  climate change and that it isn't happening and they know better than climate scientists. 

R's sister's wedding was held in Sydney a decade or more ago and we were the wedding planners. It was a wonderful day with a photo backdrop of the sparking blue harbour water, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. I feel so sorry for whoever had their wedding yesterday in Sydney.

Ferries, a major form of public transport in Sydney, were using foghorns in the smoke before they were cancelled entirely because of poor visibility. Smoke alarms in office towers were going off, leading to innumerable fire brigade call outs. Photos from The Sydney Morning Herald and if you haven't seen it already, take a look at Merle's post with the weird reflected fire.





Nothing to do with climate change! Move on.

20 comments:

  1. It has been a horrendous few weeks hasn't it? My heart goes out to all those affected.
    Our air quality has been compromised by the fires, and the city shrouded in smoke. Health warnings issued. We are so much further from the blazes that I can only imagine just how bad it has been elsewhere.

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  2. It's catastrophic and completely ignored in the world press or minimized due to the Masters in chronic and consistent denial.

    XO
    WWW

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  3. Yikes - Stay Strong

    Cheers

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  4. I'm with you, Andrew. Not much is worse than fire. Here the liberals are pushing for change to fight global warming and the Republicans are against it, if it interferes with money making. And to be fair that's a sweeping statement. I'm sure there are many Republicans that are concerned with global warming. Let me just say the president isn't one of them.

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  5. Well we had about 8 inches of snow, but my daughter had two feet of snow! My friend has 3 feet! Now a week later, it is 50 degrees F and we have had so much rain that flooding is a problem. Climate Change indeed!

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  6. The NSW environment minister said in an interview this morning on ABC radio that climate change is creating the conditions for extreme weather and the bushfires. This is the first time I have heard an LNP politician speak honestly about what is happening here.Needless to say he won't progress much further in his political career with his honest assessment of the situation.

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  7. The Nats leader (I refuse to sully your blog with his name) came out and said all the fires were caused by kids running around with matches. Arrests had been made and I only know of 2 arrests and you would need an army of brats to create the amount of fires burning all over Australia. All mention of climate change is banned but you can speak about Scooter's religious discrimination bill. The man's a moron.

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  8. Fires and floods so dreadful. Fires were raging in Queensland when we were up there. Unfortunately we don't hear about Queensland fires down here unless it's really bad.
    NSW fires are shocking, loss of so many things. Hopefully it will end soon, it will be burnt out in a lot of bush, and people keep building closer to the bush and in the bush then people come along and light fires when they are not supposed to. The natures elements take over as well - it never ends it seems.

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  9. The one thing to remember about both Volcanoes and Earthquakes, is that they never give prior warnings.

    I recently saw a world map of all the places that were on fire; it was horrific.

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  10. There's a photo in our paper today of people in Sydney wearing masks as they walk along. It's a terrible thing to have happened, of course one can't blame a volcano, but I do wonder why people were allowed on the island knowing it is a volcano that has been unstable in the past. having the smoke drift as far as Sydney is also terrible. I would have thought NZ was far enough away for any smoke to dissipate over the ocean.

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  11. Oh, wait. The smoke is probably from the fires. Silly me. An entirely different catastrophe that should have been waterbombed well and truly by now. Where's a good cloudburst when you need one eh?

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  12. I remember reading, years ago, in some history, book or newspaper article, about how the aboriginals, in the days before white man, would deliberately light fires in certain areas because the heat of those fires was needed to crack open the seeds of certain trees allowing them to grow to regenerate the areas. There were pictures of lines of black men walking along behind the fire and other pictures of black men with what I imagine were kangaroo skins beating out the fire on the front side. So the fires were contained and managed to only the areas needed. Then of course, I suppose they all moved on and settled to live and hunt somewhere else while the bush grew again.

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  13. The fires are terrifying there. We hear about them in Oregon maybe because some Oregon firefighters go there to fight them. When I trapped a Brownsville colony over a year ago, one of the sons was a wildfire helicopter pilot and had to postpone his trip to work in Australia on fires because his father died right then. Like right while I was trapping. That eruption while tourists were right there in the crater is horrifying.

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  14. Feel free to criticize Scomo Andrew, if he doesn't pull his socks up he'll be out next election, or maybe before 😉 My son and family are so looking forward to coming over to Perth for Christmas, they haven't seen a blue sky for weeks!

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  15. Very sad with both disasters! I do hope our politicians are going to start talking about climate change after what is happening in Sydney.

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  16. Dusting of snow here this morning, the first of the season.

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  17. I have been reading about the fires and the volcano here in Hawaii. It's sad that so many people have died and so many homes have been destroyed.

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  18. A blogfriend from Sidney wrote me that she was 4 times in the cinema this week to escape the smoke and has to stay inside the windows closed. She said it is not due to the clima change but to the fact that in this area no construction should have been permitted because it has been that way already to her grandma's times and she is close to 70 !! The clima change is a good excuse for all faults which were committed in the past ! That also counts for flooding ! Too close to the water ! And it's not true what you reader wrote : "is completely ignored in the world press or minimized due to the Masters in chronic and consistent denial". It goes through all the News in Belgium, France, Germany and UK,the other countries probably too and we learned about the poor Koalas too !

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  19. I have been following news of the fires in the UK media. So many people here have relatives in Australia; so it has very much been in the news.

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  20. Morrison is out and about. What papers are you reading, and what news bulletins are you watching, Andrew?? I guess you've just been following the socialist Leftie ABC.

    As for the devastating tragedy of the volcano and the ensuing deaths, I don't understand why anyone would choose to go there in the first instance! So very, very sad...but it sure isn't my idea of a travel destination!

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