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12/01/20
« on: Sunday, 12 January, 2020 @ 11:17:55 »
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Australia wildfires: $1.5million raised to help injured koalas on Kangaroo Island

Donations from around the world are flooding in to an Australian wildlife park "overwhelmed" with injured koalas during the country's ongoing bushfires.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park issued a plea for help with huge numbers of injured koalas and other native species impacted by the event.

So far, around 1.5 million Australian dollars have been pledged to help them through a Go Fund Me page.

Donations to the rescue effort at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park can be sent via their fundraising page.
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-11/australia-wildfires-1-5million-raised-to-help-injured-koalas-on-kangaroo-island/

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« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 12 January, 2020 @ 11:25:15 »
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Australia wildfires: Blazes merge into massive inferno as experts warn species will go extinct
Top scientists call for PM to do more on climate crisis as UK expert predicts animal victims will be in the trillions

Two wildfires have merged to form a massive inferno in south-eastern Australia, as experts warned some species are likely already to be extinct.

Australia was home to about 80 per cent of mammals found nowhere else on Earth, and the full effect of the fires may not be felt for months or years to come.

About a quarter of the sooty owl population has been killed, and “almost all” eastern ground parrots’ Victorian habitat destroyed, the document states, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

More than 40 per cent of the Victorian habitats of the sooty owl, diamond python, and brush-tailed rock-wallaby have also been wiped out, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning concluded.

Lastreopsis decomposita, known as the “trim shield” fern, may now be extinct in the state.

Koalas and flying foxes are also said to have died en masse, but Australian authorities are hoping less intense conditions this week will help limit the destruction.

Meanwhile, scientists fear that when rain does fall, it may taint drinking supplies in cities and kill even more wildlife by washing charred debris into rivers.

More than 26 million acres, an area bigger than the island of Ireland, have now burned, leaving ash, soot, and blackened gum tree leaves, which will contaminate water supplies.

Rivers that are home to treasured wildlife, such as the platypus, will also be affected, and algal blooms in dams exacerbated by the fires could dirty water supplies of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfires-bushfires-extinct-species-new-south-wales-victoria-a9279781.html

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Re: 12/01/20
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 12 January, 2020 @ 13:59:01 »
For anyone who missed it earlier in the week (or wants to watch again), The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury is on ITV @ 12:05 today (that's about seven minutes from now!).

Or catch up on the ITV Hub (although that's playing up for us).
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Re: 12/01/20
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 12 January, 2020 @ 20:50:44 »
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Australia wildfires: Carrots and sweet potatoes airdropped to wallabies in fire-ravaged region
‘Operation Rock Wallaby’ helps feed animals as blazes rage in New South Wales
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfires-bushfires-wallabies-carrots-sweet-potatoes-helicopter-a9280571.html