Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has described Australia's deadliest bushfires
as "mass murder".
A Fulbright scholar who has worked in the UK and the US, he is an international authority on bushfires
and author of the textbook The Ecology of Fire.
A total of 469 bushfires
have erupted so far this year, compared with 500 in the whole of last year, 355 in 2003 and 519 in 2002, the Singapore Civil Defense Force said in a statement Wednesday.
By the last week of the year the mercury was spiking to more than 100 degrees Farenheit with gale force winds, the classic weather for buslifires, as wildfires in Australia are called, On Christmas day the first flames broke out, and within hours bushfires
were burning up and down the eastern part of the state.
The events of 2011 -- including the Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi, and the bushfires
near Perth -- and the Victoria earthquake in May 2012 demonstrate Australia's exposure to multiple perils.
The area around St Marys had previously been identified as higher risk for bushfires
and a fuel reduction burn was completed in March this year.
CANBERRA (CyHAN)- Out-of-control bushfires
, assisted by sweltering temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), are causing havoc across South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
in South Australia and Victoria were described as the products of the government's failure to address climate change.
Summary: Sydney: Australia's weather went "on steroids" over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires
Melbourne, Jan 21 (ANI): Prince William was seen joining cricket stars for a game after serving sausages for locals in the Victorian town of Flowerdale, where he visited people affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires
are a natural phenomenon in Australia, due to its hot, dry environment.
Like the rest of Australia, I was deeply shocked by the recent devastating extreme weather across our country and the Victorian bushfires