Australia’s fires have devastated millions of acres. What’s the political damage?
The government is mistaking an election win for a mandate to ignore climate change
By Joshua Busby and Matto Mildenberger
Jan. 13, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. PST
Australia has been burning for more than two months. Sobering images show summer vacationers sheltering from the flames while awaiting rescue, the burned wreckage of homes and businesses, and the charred bodies of kangaroos and koalas. The fires are leading to political controversy over the Australian government’s refusal to acknowledge the climate change threat — and what Australia should do about it.