Author: Lana Andelane

A petition supporting an Australian firefighter who told Prime Minister Scott Morrison to "get f***ed" in an on-camera rant has been taken down after a Rural Fire Service (RFS) spokesperson rubbished the claims that the firefighter faced dismissal.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/01/change-org-petition-supporting-anti-morrison-firefighter-against-alleged-dismissal-is-taken-down.html
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Author: The Spinoff

Josie Adams writes for The Spinoff

Bushfire season in Australia traditionally runs from December-March, but since August last year fires have been scorching the country in an unprecedented wave of destruction. We look at the fires by numbers.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/01/australia-bushfires-the-numbers-telling-the-terrible-story.html
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Author: Farah Hancock & Eloise Gibson

This story was originally published on Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission.

New Zealand's old-growth forests, grasslands and one billion trees programme are a leafy basket of carbon sequestration. But is it wise to put all our eggs in one flammable basket? Eloise Gibson and Farah Hancock report on the risk fire poses to our above and below-ground carbon sinks

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/118627452/the-burning-irony-of-our-climate-policy-fix
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Author: James Fyfe

Twenty-four alleged firestarters have been arrested in Australia after police clamped down on people deliberately starting fires.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/01/australia-bushfires-police-crack-down-on-deliberate-firestarters.html
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Author: Alan Jones

The ABC were at it again last week, fawning over 23 former fire and emergency leaders who commented, outside their area of expertise, about an alleged relationship between bushfires and climate change.

Article: https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/it-is-high-time-bureaucrats-and-politicians-stopped-blaming-climate-change-for-a-bushfire-crisis-that-is-very-much-of-their-own-making-and-is-putting-lives-at-risk
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Author: Hamish McNeilly

A swarm of flies try to flee a fridge before it is closed, taped up and thrown on a skip.

Soon, two skips are filled with trash from inside the abandoned Dunedin home.

"There is a real story to be told here," owner Carol Boyd says.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/116672637/dunedin-house-left-to-squatters-then-sold-by-bank-after-family-vanishes
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Author: Robyn Wuth

Almost 100 firebugs have deliberately started blazes across Queensland that have destroyed homes and consumed thousands of hectares of bushland.

Some 65 fires continued to burn across the state on Friday, jumping from 55 reported on Thursday, as the fire threat deepened heading into the weekend.

Article: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/dozens-of-firebugs-blamed-for-destructive-queensland-fires-20191220-p53m1i.html
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