How did that fire started? (Australian fires 2020). The main and social networks are flooded with allegations of arson, which are responsible for some of the worst fires ever to happen in Australia, but officials claim it is a misinterpretation of the facts.
|Australia Bushfires, 2020.|
The Australian flameAustralia is devastated by the last bushfire season, which has burned an estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 square kilometres or 15.6 million acres) of shrubs, forests and parks throughout the country.
|Image shows the true scale of bushfires across Australia.|
While cooler temperatures and lighter rains have provided some relief, more than 100 fires continue to rage across all states of New South Wales and Victoria.
Extensive fires have killed at least 24 people, killed millions of animals and destroyed over 2,000 homes.
Despite extensive scientific evidence that rising CO2 levels are warming the planet and directly affecting the severity of recent Australian bushfires, recent reports from major and social media have sparked new debate.
Unfounded allegations of arson rather than climate change have flooded social media, claiming that arsonists and angry climate change activists are to blame for some of the most vicious bushfires that have ever occurred in Australia.
NASA’s CALIPSO Satellite Animation Shows Smoke from Australian Fires (2020).
Australian bush fires smoke.
Accusations range from misinterpreted figures to absurd manifestations of reality.
One image widely used by Twitter users, including singer Rihanna, was interpreted as a map showing the extent of the fire's spread in real time, with vast stretches of Australian coastline lit.
On this map, artist Anthony Hersey presented monthly data on the locations where the fires were found, collected through the NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System.
The BBC reported that over 300 social media accounts were analyzed using the hashtag "arson emergency". The study showed that more than a third of accounts displayed automated or unauthorized behavior.
This suggests that bots and trolls were most likely involved in supporting arson allegations.
A Victorian Police Department statement also refutes the arson allegations: "There is currently no intelligence evidence that the fires in East Gippsland and North East were caused by arson or any other suspicious behaviour.
There is no denying that there are still fire and arson-related offences in Australia. The New South Wales (NSW) Police report, released on 6 January, states that 183 people have been "sued" for fire-related incidents since November 2019.
However, NSW has only confirmed 24 incidents directly related to bushfires, most of which were not subject to the "total fire ban" or were negligent.
Other falsified statements include Australian national political objections to environmental activists and the Australian Green Party, which have been positioned to speak out against "controlled burning" as a means of preventing fires from spreading.
Controlled burning includes the process of deliberately starting fires under controlled conditions in order to remove low-lying combustible material as a means of reducing forest fires.
The Green Party is blamed for this even though it is not represented at the Australian national or state government level. The Green Party stated that it favours controlled burning if it is conducted under expert management.
The truth is that Australia's average annual temperatures continue to rise. Scientists have been warning for some time that this hotter and drier weather, associated with increased emissions, will make fires more frequent and intense.
British scientists say that the extremes of recent fires in Australia are a direct example of what the world will face as temperatures continue to rise as a result of climate change.
The reality of climate change is becoming increasingly clear, and meteorologists warn that temperatures will continue to rise and fire risks will increase.