Articles on bushfires 2020

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Remains of a burnt-out property at Bruthen South, Victoria. Only analysing the reasons buildings were destroyed will tell us if building codes need to be reformed. James Ross/AAP

Australian building codes don’t expect houses to be fire-proof – and that’s by design

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.
When polling resumes after the summer, Scott Morrison may be surprised by the public’s assessment of his government’s handling of the bushfires. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bushfires won’t change climate policy overnight. But Morrison can shift the Coalition without losing face

There is an obvious point upon which the LNP, Labor and Greens might agree to move policy forward: the national 'cap and trade' emissions trading system proposed by John Howard in 2007.
A targeted, coordinated online campaign has tried to mislead the public. While the myths have been debunked, the culpable parties remain unknown. SEAN DAVEY/AAP

Bushfires, bots and arson claims: Australia flung in the global disinformation spotlight

We found about 300 suspicious Twitter accounts, which we suspect included a high proportion of bots and trolls pushing the #ArsonEmergency narrative.
Regrowth one month after fires at Colo Heights, NSW. A legacy of displacement and racism inflames bushfire trauma for Aboriginal Australians. Vanessa Cavanagh

Strength from perpetual grief: how Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis

As Australia picks up the pieces after the fires, we must understand the unique grief Aboriginal people experience from a loss of country.
The burnt out remains of a house in the Southern Highlands town of Wingello. There are three main factors to consider when thinking about the impact of bushfires on your personal treasures – smoke, heat, and water. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How to care for and recover personal items after bushfire

Items can be recovered after a fire – here is how to look after them.
A volunteer sorts through donated clothing as part of a bushfire appeal. Generally, it’s best to give money - unless the organisation to which you are donating has requested specific goods. AAP/DEAN LEWINS

How to donate to Australian bushfire relief: give money, watch for scams and think long term

It's worth thinking carefully about how to give, to ensure you're not wasting your contribution or inadvertently making things worse.
Use the slider tool in the images below to see before and after NASA satellite images of Australia’s fire and drought effects. NASA

‘This crisis has been unfolding for years’: 4 photos of Australia from space, before and after the bushfires

We pulled four before-and-after NASA satellite images and asked bushfire researcher Grant Williamson to reflect on the story they tell.
Locally managed hazard reduction could give communities greater ownership over prevention and leverage local knowledge. David Bowman

There’s no evidence ‘greenies’ block bushfire hazard reduction but here’s a controlled burn idea worth trying

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.
Koalas have long featured in tourism ads, including this new one from Tourism Australia. Amid our bushfire crisis, this digital ad has been ‘paused’. Tourism Australia

Koalas are the face of Australian tourism. What now after the fires?

Koalas take a starring role in Australian tourism advertising – but what happens when our primary image of this animal is one of pain and destruction?

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