Australia’s fires have burned more than 14 million acres, an area bigger than New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Two dozen people have died, as well as 1 billion mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Many of the animals, like koalas and kangaroos, are unique to the country. The world is already in the midst of a mass extinction event, and these climate disasters just speed it along.
Australia fires are part of the ‘sixth extinction’ of plants and animals
- Elizabeth Kolbert - covers the environment for the New Yorker - @ElizKolbert