As Australia Battles Worst Wildfires in Decades, Call for Abbott to Act on Climate

Firefighters in southern Australia continued to battle on Tuesday what are said to be the nation’s worst wildfires in decades.

Efforts to contain the fires, which have raged for days, come as Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology stated that 2014 marked the country’s third-warmest calendar year since records began in 1910.

The fires in South Australia have swept through at least 150 miles, destroying dozens of homes, sending over 20 people to the hospital, forcing thousands to flee, and killing scores of pets and livestock.

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South Australia’s Country Fire Service chief Greg Nettleton said: “Right at this moment, residents in the Adelaide Hills are being confronted by a fire which hasn’t been seen in the hills since the 1983 bushfires of Ash Wednesday.” Those fires claimed (pdf) the lives of 75 people, 28 of them in South Australia.

Euronews has this video of crews working to contain the fires:

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