Topic archives: forest fires

Where there’s smoke there’s ire: investigating Indo’s forest haze

Where there’s smoke there’s ire: investigating Indo’s forest haze

July 3, 2013 1

Indonesian forest fires have enraged neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, who have been blanketed in smoke. Jakarta-based researcher on forest governance Tessa Toumbourou asks who's to blame.

Bushfire battler story is more complex than it looks

March 23, 2009 4

Greg Sheridan’s piece in the most recent Weekend Australian exemplifies how problematic the unquestioning rehashing of items in the news cycle can be, writes Eleri Harris.

DNA testing is dragging out the agony for fire victims

March 13, 2009 1

It would seem that there are a lot of families suffering unnecessarily in the service of the (remote) possibility of making one mistake, writes Lynette Turney.

When journalists become victims

March 12, 2009

Perhaps journalists might be more ready to listen to and learn from colleagues who’ve been to the other side, writes Melissa Sweet.

Andrew Forrest visits Kinglake

March 11, 2009 8

"We don't want the talk, we want your money": Kinglake residents meet with Australia's wealthiest man.

Fuel reduction burns made no difference on Black Saturday

March 10, 2009 12

Fuel reduction burns do have their place but on "Black Saturday" they made no difference to the outcome, writes Simon Birrell.

Insurance industry uses dubious fire stats to get its own way

March 4, 2009 8

The misleading use of figures by the Insurance Council is primarily driven by their ongoing campaign against the fire services levy in place in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, write Denis Nelthorpe and Fiona Guthrie.

How Qantas benefits from your bushfire generosity

March 3, 2009 10

The devil is in the details of the Qantas frequent flier point bushfire appeal, writes Ben Sandilands.

Victorian bushfires: Australian spirit present

March 2, 2009

I was also in Marysville that Saturday afternoon. How different my impressions were to Peter Chamber's, writes Julie Bell.

Yellow ribbons and buckets of coins

March 2, 2009 2

A pall hung over the classroom that first week as our charges came to terms with the fact that there is more to existence than MSN and Facebook, writes Trevor Diogenes.

Victorian bushfires: disregard demagogues, ecogogues and celebrity dilettantes

March 2, 2009 4

Black Saturday’s firestorm generated a propaganda wordstorm. Ideology masqueraded as analysis. Each faction claimed to speak for the dead but spruiked their own agenda, writes Frank Campbell.

The bushfires, the pain, the climate change

February 23, 2009 18

We were warned. Over and over again scientists told us of the increased danger of bushfires fueled by severe, protracted drought and record-breaking heat waves, writes Liz Conor.

I survived Marysville for an orgy of ocker self-love

February 19, 2009 9

My emotions, and the way I’ve been talking about them in order to deal with them, have been hijacked by the emotions of "the nation" and its faithful organ, the press, writes Peter Chambers.

Victorian bushfires: disaster p-rn and story telling

February 19, 2009 8

The Victorian bushfires could be an opportunity for new relationships between media and public. Instead, the worst of the coverage has been formulaic, writes Margaret Simons.

Did Miranda Devine incite violence?

February 17, 2009 27

There is a smell of blood in the air as well as smoke, as communities, individuals and the media look to find someone to blame for the Victorian bushfires, writes Greg Barns.

Don’t blame the greenies, blame the lack of bunkers

February 16, 2009 6

The flames of culture wars are burning fiercely over Black Saturday, writes Ben Sandilands.

Fires spark a new front in the culture wars

February 16, 2009 28

The fierce debate over the role of fuel-reduction burning in preventing bushfires has exposed a deep divide in Australia over attitudes to the natural environment, writes Clive Hamilton.

Apocalypse Now lesson for bushfire survival

February 12, 2009 2

Lives could have been saved in last Saturday's fire storms if simple guidance had been broadcast over areas where people had no information, writes Ben Sandlilands.

Parks Victoria uses the fire crisis to light up the Prom again

February 12, 2009 7

Why is it that Parks Victoria and DSE get away with taking every opportunity to light fires in National Parks and stir local sentiment for more and more fires? asks Lionel Elmore.

How fire refuges became a thing of the past

February 12, 2009 4

Once considered a practical, even obvious approach to bushfire safety, the provision of designated Fire Refuges in at-risk communities has fallen out of favour, writes Chris Paver.