Why Australia’s fires are linked to floods in Africa

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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.


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/support-your-local-brigade
https://cfsfoundation.org.au/donate
https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa

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

East Africa relief:
https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/donate/east-horn-relief-fund

And read more about Australia’s climate and the IOD:
https://www.vox.com/2019/12/30/21039298/40-celsius-australia-fires-2019-heatwave-climate-change
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2009GL040163

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