Monday, January 06, 2020

Now I understand just how big the Australian wildfires really are

An article in the Globe and Mail brought home for me in a very graphic way the extent of the Australian wildfires.
I knew they were bad, but a map of the extent of the fires really struck me. And, even more so, the graphical representation of the Australian fires as compared to previous American and Canadian forest fires puts them well and truly into perspective. For example, the current Australian fires are about three times larger than ALL of the wildfires in the United States in 2019, nearly six times ALL of the Brazilian fires in 2019 (and remember how much we panicked about those), and over eight times larger than the horrendous Fort McMurray fires of 2016.
Wow, the power of a simple graph.

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