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As Australia's bushfire crisis continues, more people are seeking to understand how these bushfires were started, and why they've spread so far. Unfortunately, in our quest to understand 'why', many people have been quick to throw accusations. But what really causes bushfires?

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Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity.

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Australia's catastrophic bushfires have left thousands of Aussies across New South Wales and Victoria without power, a situation that could last several weeks. Additionally, damage to the Snowy Hydro's power transmission lines has reduced the stability of the East Coast's power supply.

To help out, the government is urging all Australians to reduce their energy use - which will have the added benefit of lowering your power bill. Here's some simple ways you can help.

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After stepping out in Sydney on Tuesday, it will feel like you have smoked three packets of cigarettes – at once.

The streets are blanketed in thick smoke, the sky is orange, the smoke is seeping into buildings and residents are struggling to breathe.

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The bushfires burning across Australia are having a devastating impact on our unique native wildlife. But while record numbers of injured and orphaned animals are being treated, tens of thousands of people across Australia and from as far away as France and the Netherlands
are responding to the animals’ plight by knitting, crocheting and sewing pouches to soothe and keep them warm and quiet when they come into care.

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New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives.

But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many kilometres from the fire. The smoke haze blanketing parts of NSW and Queensland has seen air quality indicators exceed national standards over recent days.

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Australia is facing a catastrophic bushfire season. It's not yet summer but bushfires have already ravaged parts of NSW, Queensland and Western Australia with the first catastrophic fire danger alert being recorded in Australian history. But a lot of the dialogue has turned to how it got this bad. Climate change is being touted as one of the major factors contributing to this crisis but with politicians playing down those claims and even censoring discussion of it, let's take a look at the links between climate change and one of Australia's most devastating bushfire seasons on record.

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At 3PM local time on Monday, Brazil’s largest city, São Paolo, plunged into darkness as a result of smoke from ongoing fires destroying the Amazon rainforest — thousands of kilometres away.

This year, Brazil is witnessing a record number of bushfires. And the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has said the country’s government lacks the resources to put these fires out, creating more concern surrounding rainforest damage and devastation to lands belonging to Indigenous people.

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When you're in the midst of an area fire, it's hard to breathe, much less think. As a veteran of the devastating Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires in Colorado Springs, I can attest to that. Australia has always had it rough regarding bushfires, and while many eyes are turned to the active bushfire in southwest Sydney right now, it's important to be prepared for an emergency no matter where you live.