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The Australian fires are a harbinger of things to come. Don't ignore their warning | Steve Pyne

07.01.2020
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Fires are more frequent, more damaging, and more terrifying - a symptom of the new age that I call the PyroceneAustralia is a fire continent. Imagine California on the scale of the 48 contiguous states, but drier, more routinely kindled and with winds that can transform large swathes of land into a veritable fire flume. From time to time, its simmering flames boil over into seeming tsunamis of fire.And Australia has a culture to match. It has institutions to study, fight and light fire. It has a literature of fire, a folklore of fire and a fire art that is continuous from Indigenous bark paintings to modernist musings. It has special bushfire collections at its museums. It has a fire politics: on three occasions conflagrations have sparked royal commissions, and from 2009 to 2017, 51 official inquiries. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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