Articles on bushfires 2019

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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.
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.
It’s the first time since overlapping records began that Australia experienced both its lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the same year. dan HIMBRECHTS/AAP

Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season

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.
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.
The consequences of underinsurance aren’t just personal. They potentially harm local communities permanently, as those unable to rebuild move away. Dean Lewins/AAP

A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently

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.
A firefighting helicopter tackles a bushfire near Bairnsdale in Victoria’s East Gippsland region, Australia. State Government of Victoria

How to monitor the bushfires raging across Australia

Here's how Australians and their overseas family and friends can monitor the movement of fire fronts in real time.
At Echo Point lookout in Katoomba, NSW, people watch smoke from the Green Wattle Creek fire beyond The Three Sisters rock formation. AAP/Steven Saphore

Friday essay: seeing the news up close, one devastating post at a time

Instagram bushfire images cut through our news fatigue. This developing brand of photojournalism brings authenticity and a different sense of proximity.
Suburban infrastructure growth has resulted in functional landscapes designed to serve the growing needs of urban peripheries. Zhu Hongzhi/Unsplash

The suburbs can help cities in the fight against climate change

Located at the edges of cities, suburbs have a role to play in urban resilience to disasters caused or exacerbated by climate change.
The smouldering ruins of a child’s bike lies amongst a property lost to bushfires in the Mid North Coast region of NSW last month. Darren Pateman/AAP

Friday essay: living with fire and facing our fears

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.
‘You have to think that with people like these very experienced, respected voices that the government would have to take the [climate change] debate seriously’, says Michelle Grattan about the calls from ex-fire chiefs for the government to act on climate change. DARREN PATEMAN/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the government’s response to the bushfires

Michelle Grattan and Professor Geoff Crisp discuss this week in politics.
As bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have said policy arguments should be avoided until the immediate crisis has passed, but many disagree. Dan Peled/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals

Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals. The Conversation, CC BY49.3 MB (download)
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.

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