More than 500 million animals have died in Australia’s devastating fires, What is the future of fire fighting?

With abundant and diverse animal and plant resources, unique and magnificent natural landscape, and diversified culture advocating nature, Australia has become the dream home of unique species by virtue of its unique geographical origin.

But Australia’s recent wildfires, which have raged since last September, have shocked the world, burning more than 10.3 million hectares, the size of South Korea. The increasingly intense fire in Australia has once again aroused heated discussions around the world. The pictures of the destruction of life and the shocking figures have deeply rooted in people’s hearts. As of the latest official announcement, at least 24 people have been killed in the wildfires and about 500 million animals have been killed, a number that will increase as homes are destroyed. So what makes Australian fires so bad?

From the aspect of natural disasters, although Australia is surrounded by the sea, more than 80 percent of its land area is the gobi desert. Only the eastern coast has higher mountains, which have a certain uplift effect on the rainfall cloud system. Then there is the lower dimension of Australia, which is in the middle of summer in the southern hemisphere, where scorching weather is the main reason for the fires to get out of control.

In terms of man-made disasters, Australia has been an isolated ecosystem for quite some time, with many animals isolated from the rest of the world. Since the European colonists landed in Australia, the Australian mainland has welcomed countless invasive species, such as rabbits and mice, etc. They have almost no natural enemies here, so the number increases in geometric multiples, causing serious damage to the ecological environment of Australia.

On the other hand, Australian firefighters are charged for fighting a fire. Generally, if a family buys insurance, the cost of fighting a fire is paid by the insurance company. If the family that does not have insurance, the fire broke out in the home, so all expenses of firefighting need the individual to bear. There was a fire because the American family couldn’t afford it, and the firemen were there to watch the house burn down.

In the latest report, nearly a third of the koala population in new south wales may have been killed in the fire and a third of its habitat destroyed.

The UN’s world meteorological organization has confirmed that smoke from the fires has reached South America and possibly the South Pole. Chile and Argentina said Tuesday they could see smoke and haze, and the telemetry unit of Brazil’s national space agency said Wednesday smoke and haze from wildfires had reached Brazil.

Many people and firefighters in Australia have expressed their dissatisfaction with the government. Even the President of Australia came to offer condolences. Many people and firefighters are reluctant to shake hands.

During this period, there were also many touching moments. For example, retired grandparents devoted themselves to rescuing animals damaged by fire every day, even though they didn’t have enough to eat.

Although public opinion has expressed protest to the slow rescue action in Australia, in the face of disasters, the continuation of life, the survival of species always in the first moment of the heart of people. When they survive this disaster, I believe that this continent, which has been parched by fire, will regain its vitality.

May the fires in Australia soon die down and the diversity of species live on.

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