• Volunteers and good science must partner for bushland recovery

    Open Forum     |      January 27, 2020

    University of South Australia ecologist Joan Gibbs describes the day that fires devastated her 70 acre property at Cudlee Creek. One month on, it is already showing signs of recovery.

  • We can’t say we weren’t warned

    Will Steffen     |      January 24, 2020

    Scientists have, clearly and respectfully, warned about the risks to Australia of a rapidly heating climate – including more extreme heat, coastal flooding and more dangerous bushfire conditions. Perhaps now the politicians will listen.

  • Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      January 16, 2020

    As fire wreaked havoc across large swathes of the country, online Australia battled another crisis in the form of waves of misinformation and disinformation sweeping across social media.

  • A season in hell

    Sarah Legge     |      January 15, 2020

    Until the fires stop burning, we won’t know the full extent of the environmental damage. But these fires have significantly increased the extinction risk for many threatened species.

  • Ring of fire

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2020

    The bushlands around Sydney in the final months of 2019 were primed for conflagration, but it was series of other conditions all happening at once which triggered the disaster.

  • How to help people dealing with traumatic events

    Meaghan O'Donnell     |      January 10, 2020

    Thousands of people are processing the emotional impact of being caught up in the Australian bushfires. Here are some tips on how you can support a friend or family member who may be struggling.

  • When our love of place gets swallowed by bushfires

    Dimity Williams     |      January 9, 2020

    All of us have our ‘happy place’ where we have developed our ‘topophilia’ or love of place. So, when these places are damaged or destroyed by bushfire, the loss felt is profound.

  • Responsibility shared?

    Warren Brown     |      January 8, 2020

    The recent bushfires have wreaked financial as well as environmental devastation and must be addressed with a firm strategy.  The government should dictate the terms here, not the banks and vested interests.

  • Soldiers shouldn’t fight fires

    Marcus Hellyer     |      December 21, 2019

    As bushfires become the norm, rather than the exception, new strategies must be found to fight them, but using soldiers to augment volunteers is not a tenable way forward.

  • Better building planning can help combat bushfires

    Open Forum     |      December 15, 2019

    As fires ravage the east coast of Australia, a QUT expert has called for an urgent review of planning regulations which make the situation worse.

  • The burning season

    Open Forum     |      November 12, 2019

    The early-season bushfires in Queensland and NSW and ‘catastrophic’ conditions around Sydney are a worrying sign of more to come over the summer.

  • Urban sprawl and climate change are increasing fire dangers

    Janet Stanley     |      February 10, 2019

    Action has been taken to improve people’s safety in the event of bushfires, but two key risk factors – urban sprawl and climate change – aren’t being addressed.