Australia's tourism sector has been hit hard by bushfires and coronavirus. The are good reasons to think it may take a lot longer than in the past for the numbers to bounce back.
Small businesses are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. To improve community resilience, we need to help them 'build back better'.
People die protecting homes. They are wrong to believe their homes will protect them.
Australia can learn from how India used community hubs to bridge the gap between government and local communities in the challenging years of reconstruction.
How can a bushfire be described as "under control" if it's still burning? Here's an explanation of what the terms mean.
There is a real risk a national inquiry could get bogged down in politics, or not lead to real change. But we need more federal action on bushfires. Our old approaches are broken.
Australia's rural firefighting organisations hold a special place in the nation's heart. Part of what makes them so interesting is how they are organised and funded.
To be clear, I'm not advocating compulsory population control, here or anywhere. But we do need to consider a future with billions more people, many of them aspiring to live as Australians do now.
The destruction of recent fires is challenging our belief that with enough time, love and money, every threatened species can be saved. But there is plenty we can, and must, now do.
For attracting attention and money to a cause, celebrity-driven attention is hard to beat. But there's also a downside.
Estimates of the cost of Victoria's 2009 Black Saturday fires provide a staring point for calculating the much bigger cost of these ones.
An old political maxim is to 'never waste a crisis', but sometimes a crisis isn't enough.
If the aim is to minimise the number of buildings damaged or destroyed in extreme fire events, Australia's building regulations are clearly inadequate. But that's not their aim.
This is not the first time Australia's major cities have been shrouded in bushfire smoke. But this time, the culprits must held to account.
We found about 300 suspicious Twitter accounts, which we suspect included a high proportion of bots and trolls pushing the #ArsonEmergency narrative.
Celeste Barber's $45 million fundraiser is amazing, but battling Australia's fires should be an ongoing effort. With the help of social media, it can be.
Wildfire smoke can damage animals' respiratory tract and lead to breathing problems and even death.
The Bureau of Meterology says persistent drought and record temperatures were a major driver of Australia's fire activity, and the context for 2019 lies in the past three years of drought.
Australia has an outsized ability to influence others.
Local, self organised, community groups can be supported to do strategic hazard reduction through a range of techniques – including targeted grazing, and prescribed or fuel reduction burning.