SYDNEY -- In late October, lightning struck brittle earth on Gospers Mountain in New South Wales. The remains of trees bone dry from consecutive winters with little to no rain were ignited, and the fire quickly spread.Three months later, it is still burning.The Gospers Mountain fire, which became Australia's largest "megablaze" as it grew to link several separate fires, offers a sense of the scale of the country's most disastrous fire season ever. The blaze has burned 2 million acres, enveloping hinterland and wine country, and prompted a special mission to save prehistoric trees so rare their exact location is kept secret.That fire is now largely contained. But dozens of others...
Buddhist monk Phra Mana helped build his bush monastery with his bare hands three decades ago, but when Australia's worst wildfires in generations threatened to destroy it he stood up to fate with a smile. At the monastery, which around 50 to 60 volunteer firefighters were dispatched to defend, only a few buildings and water tanks were lost. True to his religion, Phra Mana has been able to accept the damage with equanimity.
A new report says population numbers of the animal have more than halved since Europeans first arrived in Australia.
Rainfall helped to relieve some parts of the country affected by the bushfires, but caused damage in other ways
A pair of spacewalking astronauts tackled one last round of battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch floated out to finish the work they began last week. The women had one more new battery to install in the station's solar power grid, and two old batteries to remove.