Truthout: Half a Billion Animals May Have Been Killed by Australia Wildfire

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep.

A firefighter works as a bushfire burns in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, on November 2, 2019. Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images

Ecologists at the University of Sydney are estimating that nearly half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires, which have sparked a continent-wide crisis and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in desperation.

News Corp Australia reported Wednesday that “there are real concerns entire species of plants and animals have been wiped out by bushfires following revelations almost 500 million animals have died since the crisis began.”

“Ecologists from the University of Sydney now estimate 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been lost since September,” according to News Corp. “That figure is likely to soar following the devastating fires which have ripped through Victoria and the [New South Wales] South Coast over the past couple of days, leaving several people dead or unaccounted for, razing scores of homes and leaving thousands stranded.”

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