Australia fires

Heavy downpours and cooling temperatures in Australia help dampen fires but risks remain
Heavy downpours and cooling temperatures in Australia help dampen fires but risks remain

Australia bushfires: I survived by scuba diving in my pool

When Samantha's house was surrounded by fire she escaped into the swimming pool
When the bushfires in Australia surrounded her house, burning everything around it, Samantha Kneeshaw put on scuba diving gear and got into her swimming pool. She stayed there - with ash falling and fire burning around her - until it was safe to come out. Samantha told BBC OS her story.

(Photo: Samantha Kneeshaw's pool. Credit: Samantha Kneeshaw)

Poem for Australia

Tomorrow is Hope, by Blue Robinson
Journalist and professional sailor in New South Wales writes about the devastating bushfires in Australia.

Australian bush fires; Veganuary and LIGO

Gareth Mitchell discusses the Australian bush fires; Veganuary and LIGO
2019 was the hottest and driest year on record in Australia. The Indian Ocean Dipole and the Southern Annular Mode weather systems, plus existing drought conditions, all primed the continent for the horrific fire season currently raging in the east and south east of the country. Climate scientist at the University of New South Wales Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick is in no doubt global warming played a role in making these the worst fires in recent history. Making matters even worse is that the ferocity of the bush-fires is creating its own weather. Nicholas McCarthy at the University of Queensland studies fire-induced weather and he explains how this can help spread the fires further.

January is also Veganuary, a chance for you to try being vegan for 31 days. The reasons for giving up animal products in your diet  are varied, from reducing your carbon footprint to not eating animals and getting healthy. Reporter Geoff Marsh is interested in the evidence in favour for and against a vegan diet. 

A signal in April 2019 picked up by the LIGO Livingston Observatory has been confirmed as the gravitational ripples from a collision of two neutron stars. LIGO Livingston is part of a gravitational-wave network that includes LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory), and the European Virgo detector.  

Producer - Fiona Roberts