World Australians to protest as bushfire haze sparks health concerns

07:01  11 december  2019
07:01  11 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Bushfires near Sydney 'too big to put out'

  Bushfires near Sydney 'too big to put out' Firefighters battle to contain a "mega blaze" across a 60km front north of the city.A "mega blaze" raging across a 60km (37 mile) front north of the Australian city of Sydney cannot currently be put out, fire officials have warned.

Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week. Australia is experiencing a horrific start to its fire season, which scientists say began earlier and is more extreme this year due to

Buildings evacuated as fire alarms triggered and ferry fleet grounded.

Australia braces amid 'severe' fire conditions

  Australia braces amid 'severe' fire conditions Australians braced for deadly bushfires to spread and intensify Tuesday, as strong winds and high temperatures created "severe" fire conditions. The New South Wales rural fire service said they expected "severe conditions where embers can be blown ahead of the fire into suburbs and threaten properties."With Sydney and several other cities again cloaked in thick toxic smoke from blazes cutting through inland forests, firefighters warned of a difficult day ahead.

Toxic haze blanketed Sydney Tuesday triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city, as Australians braced for "severe" weather Fire engines raced office-to-office in the city centre with sirens blaring, as inland bushfires poured smoke laden with toxic particles into commercial buildings.

Australians braced for a fresh wave of bushfires on Tuesday as high temperatures and strong winds were expected to worsen conditions. More than just a bushfire . Several bushfires have combined to form what is being called a 'mega fire ' in a national park forest north of Australia 's biggest city, Sydney.

Thousands were expected to rally in Sydney on Wednesday to demand urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bushfire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike.

Smoke alarms rang out across Australia's biggest city Tuesday with thick haze from bushfires burning along the country's east coast forced buildings to be evacuated, school children to be kept indoors, and ferries to be cancelled.

Sydney has endured weeks bathed in toxic smoke as hundreds of blazes have raged across the countryside, with hospitals recording a 25 percent increase in the number of people visiting emergency departments last week.

Sydney shrouded in 'unbreathable' smoke as Australia wildfires rage

  Sydney shrouded in 'unbreathable' smoke as Australia wildfires rage A thick haze from raging wildfires in Australia engulfed Sydney on Tuesday, creating dangerous air conditions and smoke so thick it was enough to trigger fire alarms in buildings across the city. © FoxNews.com Six people have died and over 650 homes have been lost as fires ravaged the east coast of Australia; Benjamin Hall reports. The winds on Tuesday from the north pushed smoke into the city, causing a haze that was so thick in some places it was 11 times worse than the air quality level considered “hazardous.

Sydney has woken to another thick blanket of bushfire smoke, ahead of what's expected to be a number of dangerous days of fire weather in NSW and across the country. NSW Health advice for all residents in areas of "hazardous" air quality is to significantly cut back on outdoor physical activities

Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week. Australia is experiencing a horrific start to its fire season, which scientists say began earlier and is more extreme this year due to

The devastating fires have focused attention on climate change, with scientists saying the blazes have come earlier and with more intensity than usual due to global warming and a prolonged drought.

At least 5,000 people were expected at Wednesday's protest, according to organiser Chloe Rafferty, who said the bushfires and smoke haze had created anger at the conservative government's inaction on curbing emissions.

"I think the wider public can see that we are not expecting the climate crisis in the future but we are facing the climate crisis now," she told AFP.

"People are experiencing it in their day-to-day lives."

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As well as a rise in people visiting hospitals with smoke-related health symptoms, the number of emergency calls for ambulances spiked 30 percent last week.

"For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat," top health department official Richard Broome said.

"However, people with conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina are at greater risk because the smoke can trigger their symptoms."

Smoke from bushfires is one of the biggest contributors to air pollution in Australia, releasing fine particles that can lodge deep within people's lungs and cause "severe" health impacts over time, according to scientist Mick Meyer from government-funded scientific research agency CSIRO.

"The impact of smoke on people remote from the fires may, on occasion, substantially exceed the direct injury to people within the fire zone," he wrote in The Conversation.

"But we currently lack the operational tools to understand the extent of these impacts or to manage them."

Six people have been killed and more than 700 houses destroyed in bushfires this fire season.

Though the human toll has been far lower than the deadliest fire season in 2009 -- when almost 200 people died -- the scale of this year's devastation has been widely described as unprecedented.

Three million hectares (7.4 million acres) of land has been burnt -- the size of some small countries -- and vast swathes of koala habitat scorched.

Official data shows 2019 is on track to be one of the hottest and driest years on record in Australia.

2 firefighters die, 3 hurt as wildfires ravage Australia .
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two volunteer firefighters died Thursday while battling wildfires ravaging Australia’s most populous state, forcing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cut short his family holiday as authorities braced for temperatures to soar in New South Wales at the weekend. © Provided by Associated Press Rural Fire Service crew engage in property protection of a number of homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor, New South Wales, as the Green Wattle Creek Fire threatens a number of communities in the southwest of Sydney, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

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