Need ‘Trump of the tropics’ to get attention? Fires ravage Australia, but outcry fixated on Brazil


As eco-activists raise the alarm over wildfires cutting through the Amazon rainforest, far fewer have noticed the blazes consuming the Australian countryside. Perhaps some disasters are more politically expedient than others?

An abnormally warm, dry and windy spring season in Australia has intensified drought conditions and helped to drive nearly 100 bushfires across hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and grassland on the country’s eastern seaboard. The weather is unprecedented this early in the season, and has turned swathes of Queensland and New South Wales into a tinderbox.

Fire and Emergency crew battle bushfire near a house in the rural town of Canungra in the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland, Australia, September 6, 2019. Picture taken September 6, 2019. © Reuters/AAP/Regi Varghese
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