Australia’s wildfires may not be circulating in mainstream headlines now, but the ramifications of last year’s catastrophe are staggering and will take years to recover from.
The giant, sweeping fires that spread across Australia in 2019 have finally been extinguished, over 240 days after they first began. While we’re no longer seeing them on international news stations, the environmental damage and toll is unprecedented.
Over 26 million acres of Australia have been lost since the wildfires started. They were 50% bigger than last year’s blazes in Brazil and California’s worst summer fires were thirteen times smaller. To put all of that into perspective, the amount of land that has been destroyed covers both South Korea and the state of Virginia.