CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING Jan 18, 2020

WEEKLY QUOTE: Jan 18, 2020

I listened to people who have lost their homes and heritage to rising sea levels. I watched countless videos of wildfires ripping through suburbia, and cannot forget the little girl’s voice in the background of one shaky mobile phone recording asking her daddy if she was going to catch fire. Still, the most upsetting videos I saw were of politicians and pundits spreading harmful lies, promoting their own interests at the cost of protecting children from climate change.

Liv Grant conservationist, documentary film-maker and Scientific Exploration Society explorer

See rare thunderstorm clouds formed by Australia’s fires

CNN’s Derek Van Dam explains how pyrocumulonimbus clouds — fire-induced thunderstorms — are formed by Australia’s massive bushfires and why they have in turn worsened the situation. Source: CNN

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NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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Reporting on the Australian fires: ‘It has been heartbreaking’

Australia’s unprecedented bushfire crisis has unfolded in waves across the spring and summer, demanding coverage across many months that has encompassed a vast geographical area and has tried to make sense of dozens of interrelated narratives, from the personal stories of individuals caught in the disaster to the devastation of wildlife, social media misinformation and the overarching relevance of the climate crisis.

The key vehicle for delivering the news on the bushfires has been our daily live blog. Our first day of live coverage, incredibly, was on 10 September, months before the normal onset of the bushfire season, when fires raced through parts of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Since early November we have covered the fires live on 32 days, including continuously from 16 December to Christmas Eve, and again from 30 December to 11 January, often for more than 12 hours a day.

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