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Politics Burned tigers, rescued kangaroos: Australia bushfire disinformation

23:25  08 january  2020
23:25  08 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire

  Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire Thousands of holidaymakers and locals were trapped on a beach in fire-ravaged southeast Australia Tuesday, as blazes ringed a popular tourist area leaving no escape by land. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); As many as four thousand people are trapped on the foreshore of the encircled seaside town of Mallacoota, as smoke turned day to night and the authorities said nearby fires were causing extreme thunderstorms and "ember attacks".

Tiger burns in Australia 's bushfires ? It's a 2012 photo from Indonesia. Young girl rescues koala? Actually an artist's impression. As deadly blazes tear across southeastern Australia , false or deliberately misleading images and claims have proliferated online, in languages from Arabic to Hindi.

Raging bushfires have razed properties in Australia and briefly spread to suburbs of Sydney, officials say. Scores of fires are still burning in New South Wales amid No deaths were reported on Tuesday but fire chiefs warned that conditions meant the dangers facing the state were far from over.

Tiger burns in Australia's bushfires? It's a 2012 photo from Indonesia. Young girl rescues koala? Actually an artist's impression. Social media is packed with powerful images of Australia's bushfires -- but many are fake.

A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.© AP Photo/Rick Rycroft A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

Australian wildfires may have killed half a billion animals and plants

  Australian wildfires may have killed half a billion animals and plants Ecologists estimate nearly 8,000 koalas have died since the fires began. "Up to 30% of their habitat has been destroyed," Australia's environment minister, Sussan Ley, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "We'll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made."© Provided by CBS News Female koala Anwen recovering from burns at The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on November 29, 2019, in Port Macquarie, Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the devastating bushfires raging in the country might go on for months. The body will help bushfire -hit communities recover, media reports said, through work ranging from rebuilding infrastructure to providing mental health support.

I was out fighting a bushfire in Australia ! When seen a baby Kangaroo hiding under a log! I saved the it and we then took him down to the Vets.

As deadly blazes tear across southeastern Australia, false or deliberately misleading images and claims have proliferated online, in languages from Arabic to Hindi. AFP Fact Check works to debunk online misinformation. Here is a selection of recent fact checks on the deadly blazes:

1. Tiger tiger, burning bright

A graphic photo that appears to show a tiger being devoured by flames has been shared tens of thousands of times in Facebook posts decrying the deaths of millions of animals in deadly Australian bushfires. Some estimates do indeed put the death toll from the blazes at nearly half a billion animals. But the image is actually a 2012 photograph of a taxidermied tiger that was burned by Indonesian authorities during a crackdown on wildlife smuggling.

Rain brings brief respite in Australian bushfire crisis

  Rain brings brief respite in Australian bushfire crisis A second day of light rain brought relief for firefighters battling bushfires that have killed 24 people across southeastern Australia, but hot, windy conditions are expected to return later in the week, officials warned on Monday. © Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images WINGELLO, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06: A resident throws a bucket of water onto a smoldering tree on his property on January 06, 2020 in Wingello, Australia. Cooler conditions and light rain has provided some relief for firefighters in NSW who continue to battle bushfires across the state.

An injured koala that was rescued from the bushfires on Kangaroo Island, South Australia . Ecologists have grave concerns for the future of unique and endangered wildlife on Kangaroo Island where bushfires have killed thousands of koalas.

It was filmed on Kangaroo Island, known as Australia 's answer to the Galapagos Islands, because of its They reported that around 60 percent of the koalas they came across had burned to death. The video was shared on Reddit with the caption: "Amid the terrible bushfires in Australia , my cousins

2. Young girl saves koala?

An image of a young girl in a gas mask clutching a koala in front of a giant wall of flames and smoke has been shared tens of thousands of times in Instagram and Facebook posts that claim it is a real photograph. But the image was actually created by artist Thuie. "My work was intended to represent what we are going through right now, the fires, the people affected by these fires and the masks that those who live in endangered areas must wear, and the fact that animals are as affected as humans," the artist told AFP. The image was created primarily from a photo of her daughter standing in water, she added.

3. 'Roo rescue?

Two viral videos showing women cuddling a kangaroo have been viewed tens of thousands of times in social media posts that claim they show the aftermath of a bushfire animal rescue. "The kangaroo is so grateful that (it) just can't stop hugging the person who saved its life!" the posts claim. But the claim is false: the videos were actually filmed at a kangaroo sanctuary located in Australia's Northern Territory, which has not been affected by bushfires. The sanctuary, which has more than one million followers on Instagram and regularly posts pictures and videos of their rescue animals, told AFP that both videos show Abigail, a kangaroo who has lived at the sanctuary since being rescued as a joey in 2006. "We don’t have fires here thankfully," the sanctuary told AFP in an email on January 7, 2020.

The Only Answer to Australia’s Bushfires

  The Only Answer to Australia’s Bushfires Many Australians live in areas vulnerable to the dangers of climate change. Is it time for them to leave?When tiny flakes of white ash started falling like warm snow from a sky sullen with smoke, we left. We had lived for weeks with the threat of two huge bushfires hanging over our small Australian town, advancing inexorably toward us from the north and the south. My hometown of Blackheath, perched at the top of the Blue Mountains, surrounded by stunning but drought-parched Australian wilderness, was in the center of this flaming pincer.

The unprecedented fire crisis in southeast Australia that has destroyed 2,000 homes and shrouded major cities in smoke has focused many Australians on how the nation adapts to climate change. Burned tigers , rescued kangaroos : Australia bushfire disinformation . AFP News.

Some baby koalas and kangaroos orphaned by Australian bushfires should be killed, officials say. A document advising first responders to kill baby koalas and kangaroos that survive the bushfires is causing distress among those working to save them.

4. Fresh rainfall brings firefighters joy?

A video of Australian firefighters celebrating in the rain was viewed millions of times online after being tweeted by British newspaper The Sun on January 6, 2020. The footage has been shared on Facebook in multiple languages including Spanish and Sinhala, with many users claiming it was shot in January 2020 and shows new rain bringing relief to weary Australian firefighters. But the video is being shared in a misleading context: it was actually filmed in November 2019, according to the fire brigade who originally posted the footage on Facebook.

5. Family flees fires -- in 2013

A dramatic photo of a woman and five children half-immersed in water next to a jetty under a bright orange, smoke-filled sky has been shared repeatedly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in posts which claim "this is happening in Australia right now". But the photo was actually taken in 2013 during bushfires in Tasmania, Australia.

A Canadian tennis player called Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer 'a little bit selfish' for not speaking out about the poor air quality at the Australian Open .
"They're near the end and all they're thinking about is their legacy," Brayden Schnur said of Nadal and Federer. A number of players have suffered problems during qualifying matches at The Open as a direct result of the air quality in Melbourne, which is a result of the ongoing bushfires surrounding the city.

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