Firefighters in Australia’s New South Wales state are trying to take advantage of thunderstorms and showers today. They’re consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes. The unprecedented fire crisis in southeast Australia has left 26 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and shrouded major cities in smoke. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has faced fierce criticism for downplaying the need for his government to address climate change. Experts say climate change helped supercharge the wildfires.
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