Australian Fires Biggest In The World And 5 Times Larger Than Amazon Fires

By John Vibes

The wildfires that are current ripping across Australia have gotten only passing mention in the global media, but they are actually far more serious than similar events in recent years. Very few people around the world are aware of the magnitude of these fires, even when compared to the recent and ongoing fire crisis in the Amazon.

To put the current situation into perspective, about 12 million acres have burned so far in the Australian fires. Meanwhile, just over 2 million acres of land have been burned so far during this year’s fires in the Amazon. 2 million acres is certainly still significant, but it is one part of a wider problem that is impacting ecosystems all over the world.

The graphic above created by Statista, with information provided by the BBC, the New York Times, as well as local fire and rescue organizations, gives a visual illustration of just how big the fires in Australia are. The graphic also notes that 6.7 million acres of land were burned in Siberia.

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The fires have become so large that the resulting smoke has disrupted weather patterns across the continent, and has even caused the glaciers of neighboring New Zealand to turn brown.

As Truth Theory reported in early January, nearly a half-billion animals are estimated to have been killed in the fires since they began in September.

Heavy rains last week gave emergency crews a bit of help in some areas, but over 100 fires are still burning across the country. So far, up to 17 people have died in the fires and an incalculable amount of property damage has occurred.

As Truth Theory reported last month, the fires in New South Wales could be responsible for wiping out all of the koalas in the region, who were already experiencing dangerously low population levels.

According to a report published last year by WWF Australia and the Nature Conservation Council (NCC), koalas were already on their way to becoming extinct in New South Wales due to deforestation, and this was before the fires even began.

John Vibes is an author and journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture, and focuses solutions-oriented approaches to social problems. He is also a host of The Free Your Mind Conference and The Free Thought Project Podcast. Read More stories by John Vibes

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