Screen grab from a story headlined Like a Furnace from Independent.co.uk.
“Highs of over 50C are expected, with meteorologists warning the heat could break the country’s existing record of 50.7C measured at Oodnadatta, South Australia, in 1960.”
50C is 122F. Below, stock photos from Broome, Sydney and Darwin.
“New South Wales state emergency services minister David Elliott said residents were facing what “could be the most dangerous bush fire week this nation has ever seen,” says NBC News.
Take a moment if you can to read an article in The Sydney Morning Herald about the “catastrophic” fires sweeping New South Wales, written by Greg Mullins, a former NSW Fire and Rescue commissioner. It’s titled This is not normal: what’s different about the NSW mega fires, and it’s frightening.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack had this reaction, according to SBS News:
On Monday, Mr McCormack launched an attack against the “disgraceful, disgusting” behaviour of people who linked climate change to the bushfires in NSW and Queensland.
“We’ve had fires in Australia since time began, and what people need now is sympathy, understanding, help and shelter … They don’t need the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital city greenies at this time,” he told ABC.
And Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he’s too busy to care about the changing climate. From 10 Daily:
“The prime minister refused to address global warming on Saturday, instead saying he was only thinking of the victims, their families and the emergency services personnel fighting the fires.
When asked by a journalist if he accepted that the fires were in “some way linked to climate change”, Morrison answered:
“My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families. The firefighters who are fighting the fires, the response effort that has to be delivered and how the Commonwealth has to responded in supporting those efforts.”
“The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a 16,200-km (10,066-mile) route,” says the BBC.
The ship Captain Cook used to ‘discover’ Australia may have been found — sunken in a U.S. harbor.
First came the odd story of how Chinese diplomats refuse to leave a property in Papeete, Tahiti’s capital. Now this week comes a report that “‘preliminary discussions’ were held between the Chinese and Vanuatu governments about the establishment of a naval base at a Beijing-funded wharf in Luganville,” and how that is “causing quite a stir in Australia.” The author of this particular report, a Kiwi academic, is skeptical, but it looks like the state of China/Australia relations is topic number one in the region these days, with stories just this month like Big chill between China and Australia and China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea, reports say. China has the southern Pacific rattled.
An Australian blogger named Hannah has a feature I’m fond of: She calls it Things I Don’t Have Time For. Makes me smile.