Australian Bushfires: How Might Smoke Haze Affect You?

bushfire and smoke haze in Australia

The bushfires in Australia are having devastating impact on local communities and the environment. More than 27 people have died, thousands have been displaced, and millions of helpless wild animals have been killed. As the bushfires continue to blaze, recent photos show how the smoke haze, carrying ash from the fires, has caused New Zealand glaciers to turn brown.

The photos below were modified to help raise awareness around the crisis in Australia and to provide a bit more visual perspective for those who live far away from the fires. They simulate what various locations around the world might look like if they, too, were affected by the smoke haze of a major fire. Some locations may experience this first-hand, as NASA predicts that the smoke from the Australian fires will make at least one “full circuit around the globe.”

As we continue to experience the effects of climate change, it is wise to prepare for extreme weather events that could result in disasters ranging from flooding to wildfires. We can also offer assistance to those who are suffering from these disasters. Consider donating to organizations that help the victims.

These organizations are working directly with the humans and wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires:

Smoke Haze Simulations

The following photos from Unsplash have been edited by by Sam Choan of Organic Lesson to simulate smoke haze in well-known locations around the world.

New York

smoke haze simulation, New York

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Hong Kong

smoke haze simulation, Hong Kong

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London

smoke haze simulation, London

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Shanghai

smoke haze simulation, Shanhai

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Paris

smoke haze simulation, Paris

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Singapore

smoke haze simulation, Singapore

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Swiss Alps

smoke haze simulation, Swiss Alps

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Santorini

smoke haze simulation, Santorini, Greece

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Smoke haze modifications by Sam Choan, Organic Lesson

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