Australia bushfire smoke

Sydney gasps for air as Australia bushfire smoke reaches record levels

The bushfires have pushed the harbour city into a rare appearance this week in the top ten cities with the worst air pollution in the world. Having reached as high as No. 8, Sydney was sitting at No. 10 on the Air Visual global rankings on Friday morning, above Jakarta and Shenzhen, and just below Mumbai and Kolkata.

Nov 22, 2019, 08:29 AM IST

Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as Australian bushfire smoke blankets city

Wildfires have so far this month claimed at least four lives, burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush and destroyed more than 300 homes. Powerful winds fanned around 130 fires that have been burning across New South Wales and Queensland states for several days, and pushed smoke south to form a thick haze over Sydney, home to around 5 million people.

Nov 19, 2019, 11:25 AM IST