Australia Mentions An Apocalyptic
Disaster of Biblical Proportions
We haven't really recovered from the horrors that narrowed the Amazon forest, and the element once again makes itself known. Australia is struggling with fires that are unprecedented in the world, its devastating tentacles have made Australia a burning cauldron. Local fires began to connect on the New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria border, fires have merged to create a mega-blaze, covering more than 640,000 hectares of land.
People who immediately face this catastrophe daily and struggle with this element describe the destruction as hell on earth. David Bowman, a professor of phylogeography from the University of Tasmania told the BBC that the implications of the current fires in Australia could not be underestimated.
"We've got fires that are still burning, transforming landscapes, wiping out wildlife - Australia's not going to be the same after this. The consequences of this will be around for hundreds of years," he said.
Fires ravaging Australia have already produced 400 megatons of carbon dioxide and harmful substances into the atmosphere, says the Copernicus Remote Sensing Program, coordinated and managed by the European Union. Brown soot footprints have also been reported on glaciers in New Zealand, which according to the Copernicus Program may potentially accelerate their melting.
Forests will need decades to recover
Dickman, who a few weeks ago estimated that about 480 million animals had been killed by fires, updated the number this week. He said more than 800 million animals had already died in the most affected state of New South Wales, and it could be over a billion across Australia.
Representatives of WWF-Australia, using its methodology, arrived at 1.25 billion animals, which, according to them, killed directly or indirectly the death. The fire has already destroyed about 8.4 million hectares of land in the country, which corresponds to the area of Austria.
The actual number is probably higher
Population density estimates were based on published studies. The authors intentionally used very conservative estimates in the calculations, so it is likely that the actual number of dead animals will be much higher, according to a press release of the University of Sydney.In addition, the numbers include only mammals, with the exception of bats, birds, and reptiles, but do not include frogs, insects or other invertebrates.The whole world had to focus attention on this disaster and work together to develop and implement a plan to mitigate the disaster and restore the environment.