Australia's fragile ecology has been tipped on it's side by global climate change. Who's next?
The death toll from the deadliest bushfires in Australia's history could reach into the hundreds as the devastation is uncovered in the burning and blackened ruins of towns, the authorities warned last night.
Described as "hell on earth", the fires left at least 108 dead, but police in Victoria said the final death toll would be much greater.
"I think it [the body count] will be up into the 100s ... 200," acting Sergeant Scott Melville, who has the job of dragging bodies out of charred vehicles and homes, told the Melbourne Age. "It's like a friggin' war zone up here, it's like a movie scene."
Victoria has roasted in extreme temperatures for a fortnight. The bushfires which worsened last Saturday were driven by hot winds of more than 60mph, and record temperatures of 46.4C in Melbourne, the highest in 70 years.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Deaths in Australia directly tied to Global Climate Change
Parts of Australia are on fire. Outside of Melbourne, they are burning, burning, burning. Record heat and record dryness along with brushfires have combined to create "hell on earth."