The ongoing 2019-2020 Australian Bushfire season is the most destructive bushfire season and the most widespread in Australia’s recorded history, having already burned as estimated 5,900,000 hectares (22,780 square miles).
A total of 18 people have died, and killed 500 million wild animals, in the state of New South Wales alone, more than 2,500 buildings have been destroyed (including over 1,300 homes).
State and federal authorities are struggling to contain the massive blazes, even with firefighting assistance from other countries, including the United States.
“During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst and disease. It must be so.” – Richard Dawkins