The climate change issue has come to such a point that not only are people stepping up and shedding light on the matter, but nature itself has started to send obvious and rather dire signals.

It is sad to say that 2019 has been the year of wildfires. First, it was the Amazonian wildfires, claiming 2,240,000 acres of land. Then, the Californian wildfires (Kincade being the largest one), amounting to a total of 259,823 acres burnt. And, now, the ongoing New South Wales bushfires in Australia, with 8,895,794 acres of land destroyed and counting.

Australian bushfires in New South Wales have been raging since the beginning of September 2019

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Writer and historian Bodie Ashton took to Twitter to shed some perspective on the wildfire situation in NSW, Australia. His spot-on comments and remarks have drawn the attention of thousands. In just two days, his tweet thread received over 133,000 likes and was retweeted over 72,000 times.

Ashton’s straightforward explanation of the situation has reached hundreds of thousands of people. The situation has gotten so out of hand that a country nearly 2,000 kilometers away—New Zealand—can feel it.

Historian Bodie Ashton came out with a tweet thread accurately explaining the situation

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According to Ashton, wildfires have spread so much that they are now as big as some European countries, e.g. Belgium

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Bored Panda got in touch with the author of the tweet, Bodie Ashton, to provide some comments and his thoughts on the issue. Dr. Bodie Ashton is a historian in Lower Bavaria, raised and educated in Adelaide, South Australia. He is also a researcher, author, lecturer, editor, and speaker who provides historical consultancy and lectures.

Wildfire containment and prevention seems to have always been problematic in Australia, as explains Ashton: “Bushfires have always been a concern in Australia because of the generally very dry and hot conditions in the summer. The fact that there are fires in summer is therefore an inevitability.”

“What is really concerning at the moment in Australia is the fact that the fires are so widespread.” continued Ashton. “They’ve formed so early in the fire season and are so intense. Ordinarily, state fire services can rely on firefighters from other states to assist.”

Bushfire smoke is causing breathing problems nation-wide—equal to smoking a packet of cigarettes a day

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