The Guardian has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the number of fires in Australia since October 2019, which have destroyed wildlife, burned thousands of homes, and killed more than 20 people. The visualizations show that there were more than 420,000 fires in Australia in December 2019 and also highlight that the air quality in Monash, a suburb of Canberra, Australia’s capital city, rose to 10 times over the hazardous limit in early January. The visualizations also highlight that 2019 was Australia’s warmest year on record.
Visualizing the Number of Wildfires in Australia
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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