Why the Australian Bushfires aren’t a Big Deal

The continent is burning, but it’s not the end of the world

I’m in Australia right now. It’s like a post-apocalyptic movie. There is smoke everywhere. “Hazardous” is as high as the Air Quality Index goes, and some days it is ten or twenty or thirty times as high as that level. Not just near the fires, but in the national capital. In New Zealand…