The fires of change

by Rob Blakers and Dan Broun

Featured in

  • Published 20160503
  • ISBN: 978-1-925240-81-8
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

On 13 January, a lightning storm ignited large sections of forest in the South-Western Wilderness of Tasmania, causing irreparable damage to the region’s unique alpine vegetation. An unprecedented dry spring and a summer of unrelenting heat and minimal rainfall left peat soils and ground fuels parched, and the generally lush mountainous areas vulnerable to fire.

The iconic forests, designated a world heritage area by UNESCO in 1982, have become an essential part of Australia’s image as a land of plenty and great beauty. Their destruction is a stark indicator of what we stand to lose and how the world stands to change with the accelerated onset of climate change.

Share article

More from this edition

Revolution on wheels

Reportage‘We’re going to see more change in the next five to ten years than we’ve seen in the last fifty.’ Mary Barra, CEO General Motors   IT IS...

A new mother tongue

EssayAS OXFORD ECONOMIST Kate Raworth so rightly puts it, economics is the ‘mother tongue’ of public policy – and it is time to reimagine it...

City dreaming

EssayWhite man got no dreaming Him go ’nother way White man him go different. Him got road belong himself.THESE WORDS, SPOKEN by an old...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.