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Writing from the edge of catastrophe: two new books clarify what's at stake if we fail to mitigate climate change

By Kate Crowley, Adjunct Associate Professor, Public and Environmental Policy, University of Tasmania
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The Australian Black Summer fires of 2019-2020 were unspeakably grim. Twenty-four million hectares were burnt, 33 people died, and over a billion animals perished.

In Fire: A Message from the Edge of Climate Catastrophe, Margi Prideaux tells us that on Kangaroo Island, which lies off the Australian mainland, just south-west of Adelaide, 211,500 hectares were burnt, two human lives were lost – a fire-fighting father and son – and 60,000 farm animals died.

But so much more was lost as the Kangaroo Island…The Conversation

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