AUSTRALIA devastation – A young kangaroo was caught in a fence trying to escape the terrible bush fires.
One of the worst images I’ve seen of the terrible fires that are burning across Australia.
In New Zealand we are having abit of rain this summer, wish we could send some of it to our friends across the ditch.
Australia’s raging bushfires are so bad that satellites thousands of miles above Earth can easily spot their flames and smoke from space.
The fires likely started naturally, though experts think human-caused climate disruption has exacerbated hot arid conditions that fuel the growth of such blazes. Current estimates suggest eastern Australia’s bushfire crisis has scorched more than 14 million acres of land, killed about half a billion animals, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
The photo above – which shows plumes of smoke about half the area of Europe darkening skies as far as New Zealand in a yellow haze – was taken on Thursday by the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 satellite.
Himawari-8 launched in October 2014 and weighs about as much as a Ford F-150 pickup truck. It now orbits over the same point about 22,300 miles above our planet. Using a variety of onboard sensors, Himawari-8, NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite, and other Earth-monitoring machines are returning stunning imagery of Australia’s dire situation.
Here are some of the most revealing photos, animations, and illustrations of the crisis on Earth as seen from outer space.