I come originally from a little island at the bottom of Australia. At the moment there are bushfires raging there ... huge, very frightening fires which happen so dramatically sometimes there is no escape. Tasmania has had it's hottest day on record (42 C, or 108F) combined with extreme and unprecedented winds. ( In the southern (therefore coolish) state of Victoria tomorrow inland temperatures are predicted to reach 47C (117F).)
A good friend of my brother's took her cat, rowed out in her boat and watched her house go up in flames.Up to 100 people are still unaccounted for in Tasmania.. And heaven knows how many animals have perished or suffered horribly.
It breaks my heart, but I cannot help but feel that this is not going to end unless we start to make big changes. Our weather is freakish to say the least, and has been scientifically placed in the lap of our carbon emissions.
Sorry if this is sad and 'preachy' but I do so feel for the suffering ...
People taking refuge on a boat ramp with their animals.
A fire coming towards a settlement