Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire

Asia Pacific Dec 31, 2019

Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire

Thousands of vacationers and locals were trapped on a beach in fire-ravaged southeast Australia on Tuesday, as blazes ringed a popular tourist area leaving no escape by land. As many as 4,000 people are trapped on the foreshore of the encircled seaside town of Mallacoota, ...

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australian wildfires

World Dec 28, 2019

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australian wildfires

Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger accelerated Saturday in the country's east as temperatures soared. The mid-north coast of New South Wales was home to up to ...

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 ...

Sydney's wildfire smoke declared a 'public health emergency'

Asia Pacific Dec 16, 2019

Sydney's wildfire smoke declared a 'public health emergency'

The smoke blanketing Sydney is a "public health emergency," according to a coalition of Australian doctors and researchers who say climate change has helped fuel the wildfires that have produced the unprecedented haze. Air pollution across Australia's most-populous city and parts of the eastern state ...