Choking Smoke disrupt Australian Tennis Open

January 15, 2020

13 Responses to “Choking Smoke disrupt Australian Tennis Open”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Oh, the humanity!

    We will not be able to have tennis in the “new” Australia—-as well as cricket, rugby, golf, polo. football, or crocodile wrestling—-whatever will the idle rich do to amuse themselves?

    I have a relative who has just embarked on a cruise from the US to NZ. I CANNOT wait to hear him complain about how bad the AUS fire smog was in NZ when he returns—-I intend to ask him if useless 13,000 mile cruises in any way contribute to the global warming that is at the root of the AUS fires. The question will likely go over his head, just as it does with all the other friends, neighbors. and relatives that I put it to as they tell me about their river cruises in Europe, cruises in the Med, cruises through the Panama Canal, etc.

    • Keith Omelvena Says:

      It was pretty bad here for a few days here in NZ Dog. Especially New Years day, where I live. It was a strange orange twilight all day and you could smell the smoke. My solar array generated no electricity all day. That’s how low the light levels were on a mid summers day. Other days have been murky, but at the moment, OK. It’s actually been a cool summer down here. Perhaps the aerosols are contributing?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Ocean (as opposed to river) cruises are pretty nasty, and take advantage of the lawlessness of the open seas. If you can make it through the jumpy camerawork, this covers many of the problems with such cruises:

  2. redskylite Says:

    Make no mistake – health effects will be serious and long term. Is it a good idea to continue the tennis this year even.

    “Modern government office blocks in the Australian capital Canberra have been closed because the air inside is too dangerous for civil servants to breathe.”

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/australian-wildfire-smoke-stokes-health-fears-cities-n1116306

  3. redskylite Says:

    “These particles can penetrate deep into our lungs and make their way into our bloodstream, potentially impacting almost every bodily system.

    https://theconversation.com/bushfire-smoke-is-everywhere-in-our-cities-heres-exactly-what-you-are-inhaling-129772

    • redskylite Says:

      Australia fires: Family blames teenager’s death on bushfire smoke

      At some point in following hours, the 19-year-old woman suffered a suspected asthma attack. When her parents checked on her the next morning, Courtney had died.

      Her family believes that Courtney’s death in Glen Innes, New South Wales, was triggered by smoke from nearby bushfires. Like many populated areas across Australia’s east, the town has been shrouded by smoke in recent months.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51115155

  4. ecoquant Says:

    What’s odd — in a microcosm of climate denial — is how the leadership of the Australian Tennis comes down on the Oh, it’s not that bad side, when players are dropping, incapacitated.

    What, are they imposing a new level of athletic criterion, that Australian Tennis success depends not only on an athlete’s ability to persevere into unhealthy pollution levels, but to disregard the long term implications for their career and life?

  5. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    Kids sign. ‘Our country is burning, our government is not learning.’

  6. Paul Whyte Says:

    I have grown up in an Australian Liberal Party (Tory) dominated area, wealthy, subject to all the falsehoods of prevailing political fashion and thought that is was me that was not good enough till I was about 10 years old. Then the incredulous nature of the people I had looked up to as “better” started to crack. It was phoney. All of it.

    Now I’m in my 60s and the very nice people who behave like you have farted loudly in public if you mention climate change are carrying on as if the choking smoke is nothing and they are pretending that life just goes on. Nothing has changed!

    It’s like a French farce if it was not so serious.

    Is the Australian right-wing really that stupid one could ask? Do they have to fane every coal-powered talking point? The answer is a resounding oh yes! On all points.

    We can expect the right-wing to dig in and go to war if need be to defend Coal. Murdoch owns their minds and will fight with every one of their lives to defend coal, oil and gas. A war footing may be needed to end carbon emissions but not the one that scientists are expecting. Personally I’d rather use intense humiliation on the denier sphere but I’ve been a little too close to them for too long.

    • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

      Logic and common sense have failed. Am now using humiliation, judicious and otherwise. e.g. ‘The Greta hotline is useful to threatened old men!’
      On the question on stupidity, the mind absolutely boggles. Best of luck.


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