Australian magpie sounds bushfire alarm

This 1 January 2019 video says about itself:

Australian magpie mimics emergency siren during New South Wales bushfires

An Australian magpie has been caught on camera mimicking the sound of emergency vehicle sirens during the bushfire crisis affecting large parts of the country. Almost 400 homes have been confirmed as destroyed in New South Wales alone in the past week, with thousands of people told to evacuate coastal communities. The Australian magpie, voted bird of the year by Guardian Australia readers in 2017, is well known for mimicking the sounds it hears most frequently, such as dogs and car alarms.

A commenter writes:

This bird is way better at warning people than the prime minister.

Australia: Climate inaction and budget cuts fuel devastating bushfires: here.

A BILLION ANIMALS FEARED DEAD IN AUSTRALIA’S FIRES Chris Dickman, an ecologist at the University of Sydney, told HuffPost that his original estimate of 480 million animals was not only conservative, it was also exclusive to the state of New South Wales and excluded significant groups of wildlife for which they had no population data. [HuffPost]

AUSTRALIA BUSHFIRES HAVE THEIR OWN WEATHER SYSTEMS  The bushfires ravaging Australia are generating so much heat that they are creating their own weather systems, including dry lightning storms and fire tornadoes. On Saturday, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service warned that a fire on the coast was generating its own weather system 178 miles south of Sydney. [Reuters]

AUSTRALIAN MP Craig Kelly was forced to apologise to British meteorologist Laura Tobin today after he received backlash for calling her an “ignorant pommy weather girl.” The Liberal Party MP from Sydney appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday and told Ms Tobin, the show’s weather presenter, that there is no link between climate change and Australia’s current bushfire crisis. Mr Kelly also claimed that a push towards renewable energy would not have prevented the crisis. Ms Tobin called him a “climate denier” and said: “Australia has just had in 2019 its highest year temperature-wise ever recorded and its driest year ever record with forecast temperatures that go back over 100 years”: here.

This 7 January 2020 video is called Wildfires in Australia Cause Half a Billion Animals Deaths, Literal “Fire Tornados”.

Australian bushfire catastrophe exposes the contempt of the ruling elites for working people: here.

Confronting a wave of public anger over its initial indifference to the country’s bushfire crisis, the Australian government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now engaged in an exercise in damage control to salvage its standing with limited promises of aid and assistance. The federal Coalition government rejected expert advice that the 2019–2020 fire season would be catastrophic and refused to finance even limited increases in firefighting capabilities. Moreover, working people have watched with growing fury as Morrison and his ministers responded to the outbreak of unprecedented blazes by dismissing overwhelming evidence that the fire crisis is linked to global warming: here.

A new study with over 3,700 people in India associates air pollution with a higher risk to develop osteoporosis: here.

The decommissioning of coal-fired power plants in the continental United States has reduced nearby pollution and its negative impacts on human health and crop yields, according to a new study: here.

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