2019-2020 Australian Bushfires
Some of the most intense wildfires occurred in Australia, starting two months earlier than usual in June 2019 and lasting until May 2020 with fires peaking from December to January. At least 18.6 million hectares of land was burnt, with nearly 6,000 buildings destroyed, killed at least 34 people. Environmental damage was severe, killing an estimated 3 billion animals. the cost of damages is suspected to be over AUD$103 billion. The smoke caused hazardous air quality across multiple states and by early January 2020 306 million tonnes of CO2 had been emitted. Causes for the fires are disputed but a rise in high temperatures, climate change and drought are key factors.
34 direct / 445 indirect Fatalities
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