Smoke from Australia’s record-breaking 2019-20 bushfire season wasn’t just a disaster for wildlife. The fires and smoke also killed hundreds of people and sent thousands more to the hospital for urgent cardiovascular and respiratory issues, costing the country nearly $2 billion in healthcare costs, a new study found.
Bushfires are still scorching Australia and the crisis is far from over.
Australia’s terrible communications infrastructure is typically just an everyday headache for Australians, who have the slowest internet of any wealthy nation in the world. But in the middle of a bushfire crisis, access to critical information on the internet can be the difference between life and death.