Last week, Australian officials declared a state of emergency in the Australian Capital Territory. On Saturday, in Canberra, the temperature rose to 42,7 degrees Celsius (108.9 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the highest temperature that was ever registered in the capital of the Commonwealth of Australia.
It overcame the 42.2 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) old Australian record set in 1968. Due to the fires that burned around 18,000 hectares of secluded bushland in Orroral Valley, authorities predicted severe bushfire conditions to parts of New South Wales and Victoria.
Across the two states, more than 80 fires are still impairing the environment. In Canberra, authorities anticipated that intense heat, accompanied by dry winds, can cause fires that would hit the southern suburbs of the capital.
Unfortunately, Saturday’s temperatures proved the appraisal to be right, and the first state of emergency established in over two decades to be needed. Hope lies in the rain expected from the forecasted storms. At the same time, storms could be devastating and potentially lead to flash flooding, as they already did in the rest of the country.
The hottest month in Australia’s history was January 2020
Australia is the driest inhabited continent; its annual rainfall averaged over the continental area is less than 500 mm. So, natural disaster seems to be the case with the appalling natural disaster that stared in last September killed 33 people.
And yet it is believed to have a rather significant artificial compound. Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions per capita are among the highest in the world.
Coal mining in Australia has been criticized by members of the environmental movement, due to carbon dioxide emissions during combustion. This criticism is primarily directed at thermal coal as a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions, and the link to climate change and the effects of global warming on Australia. Mining occurs mainly in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.
People are protesting, hoping the country’s reliance on coal can be reduced. The coal industry claims that extensive rehabilitation of areas mined helps to ensure that land capability, after coal mining, meets agreed and appropriate standards.