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US News Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMO

20:40  07 january  2020
20:40  07 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Bushfire ravages main street of New South Wales town Cobargo

  Bushfire ravages main street of New South Wales town Cobargo Two people are dead and the main street of the Bega Valley town of Cobargo is in ruins after being hit early this morning by an out-of-control bushfire.The main street of the Bega Valley town of Cobargo has been devastated by an out-of-control bushfire which has left a father and son dead.

FILE PHOTO: Bushfires in Cobargo, Australia © Reuters/Tracey Nearmy FILE PHOTO: Bushfires in Cobargo, Australia

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Smoke from wildfires in Australia has drifted across the Pacific and affected cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday.

Smoke from the fires had already turned skies bright orange over Auckland in New Zealand.

But skies as far away as over central Chile have now gone grey because of the smoke and the WMO cited reports that the sunset in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, had turned red.

My Australian paradise lost

  My Australian paradise lost It's a rare thing to be caught up in historic events and see your experiences reported in the global media, writes DW's Chloe Lyneham. It's especially unfortunate when those events are like being in a sci-fi horror film. I was at a small village south of Batemans Bay in New South Wales on January 30, eating spaghetti with my family, when my mother called to say that a massive blaze was roaring down the Clyde Mountain towards us and that the authorities were telling people to get out of the area or they would risk being trapped.

"The fires have led to hazardous air quality, which has affected human health, in major cities in Australia, spreading to New Zealand and sent smoke drifting thousands of kilometres across the Pacific to South America," WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis told reporters in Geneva.

Smoke had "probably" reached the Antarctic, she said.

The fires, which have raged for months in Australia, have already emitted 400 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and produced harmful pollutants, the EU's Copernicus monitoring programme said on Monday.

Brown sooty deposits have already been reported on glaciers in New Zealand, potentially accelerating the rate at which they are melting, the programme said.

(Reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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NASA satellites reveal smoke from Australian bushfires will take MONTHS to disperse as plumes of smoke sit as high as 20km in the atmosphere .
On Wednesday, US space agency NASA revealed that it will be months before bushfire smoke clears since plumes are sitting so high the atmosphere.A special message from MSN: We’re committed to help support relief efforts after the devastating Australian bushfires. You can donate directly here, and read more here.

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