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:
- WIRES: Support this organization’s efforts to rescue wildlife from the fires.
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital: Your donation helps deploy drinking stations for surviving koalas.
- NSW Rural Fire Service: Support the brave volunteer firefighters and emergency workers who are working around the clock.
- Salvation Army: Your donation helps communities affected by the bushfires.
- Additional ways you can help the victims.
Smoke Haze Simulations
Smoke haze modifications by Sam Choan, Organic Lesson