From the NYTimes: Donations Are Pouring Into Australia. Now What? As people around the world respond to the fire crisis, organizations find themselves trying to efficiently distribute tens of millions of dollars.
Can the catastrophic fires bring some sanity to Australian climate politics? “It might be a moment.”
Recent droughts, fires, and extreme heat indicate that Australians have more at stake in the effort to reduce global emissions than perhaps any other developed country. At the same time, Australia benefits economically from emissions – it is the world’s largest exporter of coal and the third largest exporter of carbon from fossil fuels (after Russia and Saudi Arabia), according to a recent report by the Australia Institute. Australia faces some tough decisions. The world will be watching closely how they choose to proceed.
For more information and a list of ways to help the Australians with their record setting fires go the the U.S. Center for Disaster Philanthropy.