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Yes, the Australian bush is recovering from bushfires – but it may never be the same


Williamson, G and Mocatta, G and Harris, R and Remenyi, T, Yes, the Australian bush is recovering from bushfires - but it may never be the same, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 19 February 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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As bushfires in New South Wales are finally contained, attention is turning to nature’s recovery. Green shoots are sprouting and animals are returning. But we must accept that in some cases, the bush may never return to its former state.

We’ve all read the devastating figures of destruction this fire season. More than 11 million hectares of land burned across the country over a period of about six months. There is some evidence more than one billion animals perished.

We can take some heart in the regenerative power of the Australian bush. However, when we read of "recovery" in the media, we feel we must clarify what that might actually look like.

While Australia’s environment has evolved to adapt to fire, our research shows we can no longer assume it will recover completely.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:bushfires, climate change, ecosystems, recovery
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change processes
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Williamson, G (Dr Grant Williamson)
UTAS Author:Mocatta, G (Ms Gabi Mocatta)
UTAS Author:Harris, R (Dr Rebecca Harris)
UTAS Author:Remenyi, T (Dr Tom Remenyi)
ID Code:141316
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-10-14
Last Modified:2020-10-16

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