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.
One lesson from Australia's past bushfire disasters is that too many homes are underinsured. But it's a lesson we've failed to learn.
Here's how Australians and their overseas family and friends can monitor the movement of fire fronts in real time.
Instagram bushfire images cut through our news fatigue. This developing brand of photojournalism brings authenticity and a different sense of proximity.
Located at the edges of cities, suburbs have a role to play in urban resilience to disasters caused or exacerbated by climate change.
Living in a bushfire-prone area means every decision - from plants to parking spots to holidays - is shaped by fire risk. We live and die by the advice we are given, and the advice we ignore.
During bushfire season, managing medication as well as respiratory conditions should be part of any emergency plan.
Michelle Grattan and Professor Geoff Crisp discuss this week in politics.
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action have a simple message: we're in “a new age of unprecedented bushfire danger” due to climate change. But Morrison refuses to acknowledge it as a central issue.
The convergence of technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and virtual reality may offer hope for the way we manage future bushfire disasters.
Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals.
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In this podcast, David Littleproud says "as elected officials, we've got a responsibility" to wait for the right time to talk about the link between climate change and the ongoing bushfires.
Service outages, network congestion and infrastructure at risk of being destroyed by fire are some of the issues worsening an already devastating situation.