Australia burning —Brian from Bushboy’s World wants to see the last photo on your SD card. Here’s mine, taken at 6.30am this morning from my back window.
I wonder how anything could survive outside in that smoke.
A few days ago, Canberra had the poorest air quality of any city in the world. In parts of the city, the Air Quality Index was over 7000 (using some American measurement). In my own part of town, the air quality measured only 5000 (whatevers). The hazardous rating kicks in at 200. There was a report that an elderly woman died of respiratory distress on the tarmac of Canberra airport when she disembarked. This report has not been contradicted. I have no words for this horror and my heart goes out to her family.
Yesterday, Canberra had its hottest day on record at 44ªc. Penrith, located in Sydney’s outer west had a top temperature of 48.9ºc. Then in the evening, the smoke rolled in again from huge fires in the south east and south-west. The air purifier I ordered has been dispatched, but when it will be delivered is anyone’s guess. Mail and parcel deliveries have been suspended until it is safe for postal workers and couriers to work.
We are not even in the fire zone. Not yet. There is one thing upon which the PM and I agree. These fires are going to burn for weeks. Of the other horrors, I cannot speak.
Just think about it, ladies and gentlemen. If your version of this climate-change hell hasn’t arrived yet, you may want to get ready. You may want to tell your leaders “enough”. You may want to tell your leaders to tell our leaders that too.
Oh yes, my son did his shift in the bakery yesterday. 44ªc plus, plus, plus in there. Almost like being in a fire, but not quite.