Why Australia's fires are linked to floods in Africa

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Shared January 17, 2020

Fires are normal in Australia. This year was off the charts.

Correction: A previous version of this video had the date January 7, 2019 at 0:11 and sourced the Department of Western Australia at 0:24. It has been corrected to January 7, 2020 and the Government of Western Australia. The current version also corrects an error at 2:10 and 2:29 where our voiceover mixed up East and West.

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Australia’s recent fire season has been hellish with no end in sight. At least 17.9 million acres have burned, 28 people have died, and an estimated 1 billion animals have been lost. But while Australia burns, East Africa has been grappling with record-breaking rainfall leading to catastrophic floods. Both have a common cause — and it lies in the Indian Ocean.

Want to help? Here are some organizations that are collecting donations that could use your support:

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Service Foundation, and Country Fire Authority:
https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/...
https://cfsfoundation.org.au/donate
https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supp...

The Australian Red Cross’s fire and recovery relief fund:
https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns...

East Africa relief:
https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/d...

And read more about Australia's climate and the IOD:
https://www.vox.com/2019/12/30/210392...
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.c...


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