Victorian Governor Linda Dessau places a flower on a model of Victoria at a memorial service for the ten-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
The Black Saturday fires transformed the way Australia responds to bushfires.
Treacherous bushfire conditions are predicted to grow even more frequent as the climate changes.
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Black Saturday in 2009 was Australia's worst bushfire tragedy. But climate projections predict more bushfire danger in the future, threatening our water supplies as well as homes.
We need to know we can handle whatever the climate throws at us.
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In the years after Black Saturday, climate adaptation research was in full swing, creating knowledge in how to deal with the risks. But a series of funding cuts have left this research in decline.
A burnt out property near Miena, Tasmania. The central Tasmanian house was fitted with roof sprinklers and surrounded by cleared land but succumbed to flying embers from bushfires.
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If you're preparing to defend your home from fire, be aware of the vulnerable parts of your house.
The Country Fire Authority was founded in 1944, almost five years after the Black Friday tragedy.
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Victoria's Country Fire Authority was founded in the aftermath of a previous bushfire tragedy – the 1939 Black Friday blazes. But its creation was a bigger political saga than many people realise.
Smoke billows from a massive bushfire in southern Tasmania.
Climate change is making Tasmania more vulnerable to brutal fire conditions.
Fires and logging changes forest soil structure for at least 30-80+ years, affecting everything from regrowth to carbon storage.
Fire danger conditions are worsening in many areas of Australia.
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Australia is facing an increase in extreme heat, fire danger weather, floods and marine heatwaves, according to the latest biennial snapshot from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.
Forest remains after bushfire, Icy Creek Victoria, 1939.
We should remember past disasters - such as the 1939 Black Friday bushfires in which 71 people died - and learn from them.
A firefighter in California. Firefighting is getting more and more expensive as fires get more destructive.
The California fires are just the most recent in a series of major wildfires. Together, they suggest we need to look at alternative ways of living with fire.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s tropical cyclone outlook is out today.
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Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist.
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Australia must come to terms with some fundamental shifts in our weather patterns. This month, Andrew Watkins from the BOM and climate scientist Joelle Gergis explore what's in store.
It’s unlikely NSW will get the sustained rain needed to break the drought.
A new outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a dry, warm spring – and not the sustained rain we need.
A real fire in southern New South Wales - not to be confused with the metaphorical one in the halls of Canberra.
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With New South Wales suffering winter bushfires and temperature records tumbling around the globe, our leaders in Canberra have picked a bad time to jettison climate policy in favour of political bickering.
Fires burning in NSW are harbingers of what’s to come.
The same day all of New South Wales was declared in drought, the state's Rural Fire Service issued its earliest ever total fire bans.
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Wildfires in the US have drawn thousands of firefighters. Meanwhile, Indonesia is struggling to rebuild in the wake of earthquakes. What's the difference? Poverty and access to resources.
Firefighters damping down the Winter Hill wildfire.
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How will important habitats recover from the wildfires which been blazing through moorland in northern England?
A helicopter drops water as firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester.
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The dry arid conditions that come with a high CO2 atmospheres are the perfect tinderbox for wildfires.
A storm caused flooding in the CBD as it swept through Hobart.
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Managing flood risk is not just 'good planning'; it requires commitment to resilient cities by land developers, politicians and communities. Effective response means learning from mistakes.
High intensity logging burns and the resulting smoke plume near Mount Baw Baw, April 2018
Photo Chris Taylor.
Every autumn Victoria copes with smoke haze from planned burns that reduce bushfire risk, but a large part of that pollution actually comes from industrial logging activity.
New research shows that fire follows fire in the Australian Alps, and old-growth forests are less flammable.