by Dr. Roy Spencer
Photos coming out of Australia showing bush regrowing
in areas recently devastated by fires are giving hope to thousands
of online users who are reeling from the ongoing crisis, reads the
opening lines of a recent
Photographer Murray Lowe
snapped the photos on Monday in the
Kulnara area of New South Wales' Central Coast region.
"Ventured out into
the fire grounds today to capture some images of how the Aussie
bush responds to fire, and the way it regenerates itself and
comes back to life," said Lowe.
"Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from
the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again. It's so
heartening to see the bush coming back to life again."
Since posting the photos,
the images have been shared over 40,000 times.
"Thank you for
sharing these pictures, it gives a glimmer of hope through these
"As the indigenous
people of our country say… Australian country depends
on fire to regenerate. It just needs to be managed by
people who understand it."
The resilience of the
vegetation and the almost immediate regrowth is
testament to the decadal ravaging of the land by fire.
It's all part of the
natural cycle of life in Australia...
Everything in nature is cyclic, driven mainly by
Looking at the chart above, we see the worst NSW fires in the modern
era were back in the 1970's - a decade that experienced very weak
solar activity, similar to that which we're witnessing today:
And turning our attention to the more distant past, the situation
was even worse.
The 'once in a century drought', which ran from 1891 to 1903, caused
an ecosystem collapse affecting more than a third of the country.
The drought was one of
the world's worst recorded 'megadroughts', which at its peak saw
much of the country receive less than 40 percent of its annual
rainfall, with 1902 remaining the driest year on record.
CSIRO researcher Dr. Robert Godfree said:
"In New South Wales,
most rivers stopped flowing and dust storms filled dams, buried
homesteads and created ghost towns as people fled.
"Wildlife and stock starved or died of thirst. Native birds and
mammals died under trees, in creeks, and on the plains.
"Tens of millions of sheep and cattle were killed, and hundreds
of millions of rabbits died of starvation after stripping the
landscape of its plant life," Godfree said.
of 1891-1903 lands between weak solar cycles 12 and 14,
cycles very similar to the one we're currently in the
record-deep solar minimum of now,
Rising CO2 is not the cause of these wildfires,
solar activity is - and,
ironically, the higher atmospheric we're currently witnessing levels
will be actually assisting with bush regrowth...
The voices of Australia's indigenous people have fallen on deaf ears
regarding the correct management of the bush...
Hopefully this disaster
will readdress the balance, and the authorities will allow the
vital controlled winter burns to take place and prevent this
scale of devastation in the future.
But in the end, great
plays of the cosmos have the final say:
man is eternally
no empire lasts forever...
Smoke plumes from bushfires in southeast Australia
on January 4, 2020, as seen by the MODIS imager
on NASA’s Aqua satellite.