Australian Fires Slowly Eradicating Wildlife

Australian Fires Slowly Eradicating Wildlife

As we all know, Australia is facing one of their worst bushfires in history. Breaking high-temperature records and months of severe droughts. As many scientists and emergency workers have already stated, “the worst is yet to come”. The wildfires started around September last year, and since then, 24 people have lost their lives and dozens have gone missing. In the same way, these fires are spreading rapidly due to a phenomenon known as El Niño, increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall. The fires are spreading across the Eastern and Southern coasts (where most of the population is located); including cities like Sydney and Adelaida.

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While humans can run from the fires and be evacuated in case of an emergency, these fires are devastating to wildlife in this region. Kangaroos can move rapidly and generally,  escape the fires unless they are surrounded by them. On the other hand, Koalas are slow, which tends to lead them to be the first victims affected by these destructive fires.

These wildfires, do not only kill animals directly but also destroy their habitats. Survivors are vulnerable even after the fires are extinguished. It is stated that approximately 500 million animals have perished just in New South Wales.

So what is the government doing about this massive annihilation of wildlife? Well, New South Wales is currently in an emergency state and according to the Prime minister, Scott Morrison, he has promised a higher payment to firefighters. Also, he has offered more incentives to recruit volunteers in a desperate attempt to extinguish the fires. He announced that more than 3,000 soldiers would be fighting against these wildfires. Though, Morrison had been extremely criticized by Australians for not responding appropriately to the crisis. 

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