Scientists say Australia's rare duck-billed platypuses are being pushed to 'the brink of extinction' — and deadly bushfires are making it worse

2020-01-21 09:32

A new report says population numbers of the animal have more than halved since Europeans first arrived in Australia.

Rain offers hope in Australian bushfire fight

2020-01-14 14:02

Forecasts of heavy rain offered hope Tuesday in the months-long battle to contain Australia's unprecedented bushfires, but smoke lifted pollution levels in the nation's second biggest city to among the worst in the world.

Australian babies are being born in smoke-filled hospitals as hundreds of bushfires burn across the country

2020-01-07 16:51

Steve Robson, who works as an obstetrician at a hospital in Canberra, Australia, told BuzzFeed News that he's delivering babies while fires rage on.

Australia bushfire disaster: Cyclone Blake lashes country's northwestern coast

2020-01-07 11:30

A tropical cyclone brought heavy rain to the northwestern coast of Australia on Tuesday and gusts of 102km's per hour to the town of Broome causing minimal damage.

Respite as Australia's bushfires tone down, authorities scrambling to evacuate stranded

2020-01-07 08:54

Australia's fire season started even before summer had begun and has destroyed more than 5 million hectares of bush.

Australia calls up 3 000 military reserves to tackle bushfire crisis

2020-01-04 07:51

Australia has called up 3 000 military reserves to tackle the country's ongoing bushfire crisis, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday, the largest call-up in living memory.

An Australian zookeeper took home monkeys, pandas, and a tiger in order to keep them safe from bushfires

2020-01-02 17:23

"Right now in my house there's animals of all descriptions in all the different rooms with different pet packs so that they're safe and protected."

The bushfires in Australia are so big they're generating their own weather — 'pyrocumulonimbus' thunderstorms that can start more fires

2019-12-30 17:34

The "front" between the calm air outside the fire zone and the stormcloud is so sharp that it can generate lightning — and that can start new fires.

Sydney looks like a smoke-drenched apocalyptic nightmare. It's all because of a 'perfect storm' of factors.

2019-12-11 17:34

The current period of poor air quality in New South Wales is both the "longest" and "most widespread" on record.

Video shows heroic Australian woman brave raging flames to save a badly wounded, crying koala from a bushfire

2019-11-21 17:09

The woman who rescued the koala, Toni Doherty, said she acted on instinct to save the animal, which was trapped in a tree in the burning forest.


Threatened species hit hard by Australia's bushfires

2020-01-20 15:32

Australia's bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.

Strong winds create Australian 'megablaze'

2020-01-10 14:24

Gale-force winds in Australia merged two enormous fires into a megablaze across land almost four times the area of New York City on Friday, while thousands rallied to again demand action on climate change.

Terrifying video shows Australian air force pilots flying through a haze of orange smoke that prevented them from completing a bushfire rescue mission

2020-01-07 12:57

Australia is attempting to rescue people trapped in towns surrounded by bushfires through missions conducted on land, air, and sea.

Daniel Ricciardo pledges race suit to charity efforts for bushfires in Australia

2020-01-07 09:00

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo will auction off one of his race suits to help those affected by the bushfires in his home country of Australia.

Fire-hit Australia gets $1.4bn recovery fund as troops deployed

2020-01-06 15:28

Reserve troops fanned out across fire-ravaged regions in three Australian states on Monday after a horror weekend, as the government pledged $1.4 billion over two years to help recover from the devastating months-long crisis.

Nearly half a billion animals have been killed in Australia's devastating bushfires

2020-01-02 21:43

An estimated 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles, are believed to have died in Australian bushfires since September.

Terrifying video shows the moment a rescue crew in Australia were overrun by bushfires and were forced to seek shelter in their truck

2020-01-02 10:53

Fire and Rescue New South Wales posted an update to the video to Twitter on Thursday and confirmed that the crew involved were "ok."

'Catastrophic' conditions as bushfires rage in Australia

2019-12-21 10:12

A scorching heatwave intensified bushfires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under "catastrophic" conditions.

Sydney smoke crisis 'longest on record', authorities say

2019-12-05 16:22

Australian bushfires have caused unprecedented pollution in Sydney and along the country's east coast, officials said Thursday, with smoke and dust burning residents' eyes and prompting a spike in respiratory complaints.

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