"The summer of 2021-22 will be remembered for the extraordinarily destructive
flooding across eastern Australia. At the same time, however, western Tasmania
was experiencing extreme drought, with some areas receiving their lowest
rainfall on record.
This drought fits an observed drying trend across the state, which will worsen
due to climate change. This is very bad news for the ancient wilderness in the
state’s World Heritage Area, where the lineage of some tree species stretch
back 150 million years to the supercontinent Gondwana.
The drying trend has seen a steady increase in bushfires ignited by lightning,
imperilling the survival of Tasmania’s Gondwanan legacy, and raising profound
fire management challenges. Indeed, climate change means we’re on a learning
curve, and the usual practices of managing fire are no longer necessarily fit
There is increasing scientific recognition of the risk of the Gondanwan
ecosystem collapsing from climate change driven fires. A new draft fire
management plan outlines key steps to ensure these iconic forests survive for
decades to come – and it must receive dedicated funding."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics