Fires in Australia
If I may be a little cruel, the hype over all this is odd. Australia, like certain areas of California, is almost all reclaimed desert or fairly inhospitable land. We silly white Westerners bring our cold weather architecture and transport over to the colonies and wonder why it doesn’t really work. In 1992 I witnessed (live on TV and from my room) the burning of the hills and homes in Berkeley, California, where over 30 people died.
Seems a little more common sense and a lifestyle more in tune with nature is called for.
a) Low lying stone homes self insulate, requiring less or no external energy that may be a cause of these fires if climate change is (even partially) responsible. Like animal tunnels. semi subterranean homes are far more likely to survive even the most intense inferno. b) Cars based on the internal combustion engine include parts that get very hot that have been known to cause fires when parked with the engine running over tinder dry twigs, leaves etc.
Fight back club: Humankind needs to life closer to nature through imaginative architecture and a more robust search for an alternative to the internal combustion engine.
More about the above eco home when LifeMachine.com goes live.