The recent TV images of hundreds, if not thousands of people in a South-Eastern Australian coastal resort, fleeing for their lives across a beach and into the sea, were reminiscent of a scene from a Godzilla film. Whether fact or fiction it's the same story: the revenge of nature. And it's no wonder. When the Australian authorities clear vast tracts of land for intensive farming everything living is grubbed up: trees, bushes, scrubland, forests, grasslands and plants and bulldozed into huge piles where it is then set alight. The mass of burnt material then releases the not inconsiderable quantities of carbon dioxide, which are "locked-up" in the flora, back into the atmosphere (and, for good measure, so is the radioactive materials accumulated in the plants from the many nuclear tests in the southern hemisphere). They couldn't do more damage if they had planned to do so - which they did in a way.
2 January, 2020 - 19:56#1
bush-fires in Australia: a harbinger of capitalism's future