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Weird orange sky

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BradfordLass72 Sun 05-Jan-20 03:00:25

The smoke from the Australian fires has blown 2,155km across the Tasman Sea to darken the skies across the North Island.

The street lights have come on and cars are using headlights because it's so dark.

I can only imagine what it's like in Sydney and environs; my heart goes out to those battling the fires.

JenniferEccles Sun 05-Jan-20 08:36:29

It’s such a dreadful situation isn’t it?
The pictures we are seeing here on the news look like something straight out of a disaster movie.

It was said the other night that the fires could go on for a few months yet.

We often complain about our weather here in the UK but after seeing what other countries have to endure with floods, droughts and now the Australian fires, we have much to be thankful for here with our mostly benign climate.

NanTheWiser Sun 05-Jan-20 12:26:24

This is so awful. I read that the NZ glaciers have turned brown from ash.
I can't imagine how it must feel to be in Aus right now, the news doesn't seem to get any better. My thoughts are with them all, and pray for rain.

craftyone Sun 05-Jan-20 13:07:13

what is even worse is that on the news today, some aussie said that the fires are so out of control that they won`t stop until they reach the west coast. Its not just surface fires but the heat is causing lightening all over the place and peat underground is on fire and will be impossible to put out. The heat generated is causing fire tornadoes with massive energy, they twist and push and rise and then the wind blows the fire a long distance. He said that the eco system is destroyed forever and still they want to extract an unbelieveable amount of coal from the north. Australia produces more CO2 than india and just marginally less than china

rosecarmel Sun 05-Jan-20 13:26:48

It's a terrible, ecological mess- Not just for AU but the planet-

anniezzz09 Sun 05-Jan-20 13:37:33

And still there are climate change deniers!
This is a thoughtful and sad article written by a Canadian living in Australia. It covers not just these fires but the historical and environmental background.:

Daisymae Sun 05-Jan-20 13:39:19

Millions of animals have perished. This is a disastrous time for the planet.

farview Sun 05-Jan-20 15:27:08

...heard that half a billion animals are dead and some species may now be extinct...

craftyone Sun 05-Jan-20 17:55:42

I wouldn`t make this political annie, there are people here with families in danger in australia. This has happened because the greenies stopped backfiring the undergrowth. The aborigines knew what they were doing

BlueBelle Sun 05-Jan-20 18:32:38

So who s making it political? , ‘greenies’, oh my

Hetty58 Sun 05-Jan-20 18:32:55

craftyone, you are wrong. Nothing to do with 'greenies'. Please don't believe conspiracy theories:

Callistemon Sun 05-Jan-20 18:38:54

Yes, many Gransnetters have family there

The discussion is is very heated (sorry for the use of that word, but it is) and has been going on for far longer than the fires have been burning.

Callistemon Sun 05-Jan-20 18:39:49

So you are staying that the Guardian knows better than Aboriginal and rural Australians, are you Hetty?

BradfordLass72 Sun 05-Jan-20 19:06:25

PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS turn into sniping between posters! It's far too tragic a situation for pettu squabbles.

Callistemon Sun 05-Jan-20 19:11:14

I'm not sniping, BradfordLass
I have family there, have witnessed the fire just behind us, a property nearby got burnt out, a livelihood lost.

I just get rather cross when people who do not know the reality, the conversations going on in Australia, seem to think they know more than the ancient traditionalists like the Aboriginal peoples.

Callistemon Sun 05-Jan-20 19:12:32

Posters, not people.

Davidhs Sun 05-Jan-20 20:24:31

Backfiring. Don’t forget the moorland fires we had recently there used to be controlled burning to regenerate the heather, that was banned and we got uncontrolled fires.

Don’t forget Somerset floods, the Environment agency decided to save money by not dredging because it we good for the environment, we all know the result of that.

Don’t let the environment lobby run riot, there is a cost to ignoring local knowledge.

Izabella Mon 06-Jan-20 08:00:35

We had the orange skies in Dunedin, NZ requiring car headlights on during the day, and you could actually smell the burning in the air. I cannot imagine the horror of what is happening across the water in OZ. My heart goes out to them and the wildlife.

grannypiper Mon 06-Jan-20 09:13:24

Aukland is the same, so red