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The Geopolitical Cost of Australia's Wildfires

Jan 20, 2020 | 20:17 GMT
A fire truck drives past a hill engulfed in flames on the night of Jan. 20, 2020 in Mount Adrah, Australia. The 2020 fire season has hit the southern coast of New South Wales particularly hard.

Firefighters conduct property protection patrols at the Dunn Road fire on Jan. 10 in Mount Adrah, Australia. As of Monday, more than 80 wildfires were still burning across New South Wales and Victoria, despite recent downpours.

(Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

Increasingly intense fire seasons threaten to leave Australia’s vital agriculture industry in ashes and engulf the government’s pro-energy policies in political controversy....

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