Out-of-control Australian bush fires worsen

Asia Pacific Dec 21, 2019

Out-of-control Australian bush fires worsen

A scorching heat wave intensified bush fires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under "catastrophic" conditions. Australia's eastern coast has been hit by the record-breaking heat wave, which has moved in from the west of the country, exacerbating hundreds ...

China aims to double water transfers from wet south to arid north

Asia Pacific Dec 12, 2019

China aims to double water transfers from wet south to arid north

China aims to double the amount of water it transfers from the flood-prone south to arid northern regions, officials said Thursday, as the government prepares to launch the second phase of its controversial cross-country water diversion program. The South-North Water Diversion Project was first proposed ...

Australians protest as haze from bush fires sparks health fears

Asia Pacific Dec 11, 2019

Australians protest as haze from bush fires sparks health fears

Thousands of protesters rallied in Sydney on Wednesday demanding urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bush-fire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike. Sydney has endured weeks bathed in toxic smoke as hundreds of blazes have raged across the countryside, with hospitals ...

Giant bush fire near Sydney may burn for weeks

Asia Pacific Dec 7, 2019

Giant bush fire near Sydney may burn for weeks

A giant blaze that has blanketed Sydney, Australia's largest city, in a hazardous smoke may take many weeks to put out, fire services said late on Friday, with the whole region fighting nearly 100 wild fires and expectations that the worst is yet to ...

Australian bush fires spread to Victoria state

Asia Pacific Nov 21, 2019

Australian bush fires spread to Victoria state

Firefighters battled nearly 200 bush fires across Australia on Thursday as authorities issued a Code Red alert for parts of Victoria state and Sydney was blanketed in hazardous smoke for the third consecutive day. Officials imposed a total fire ban across Victoria where temperatures were ...

Australia battles 130 bush fires as conditions worsen

Asia Pacific Nov 17, 2019

Australia battles 130 bush fires as conditions worsen

Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and gusty winds further raised fire danger on both coasts of Australia on Sunday as the country already battles more than 130 bush fires and firefighters work day and night trying to contain them. Western Australia declared catastrophic fire ratings for ...