Sydney is shrouded in dangerous haze as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia's eastern seaboard sends pollution levels soaring in the country's biggest city.
Heavy winds stirred dozens of fires across Australia's east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country's most populous city. Wildfires have destroyed about 1 million hectares of farmland and bush over the past couple of weeks, fueled by tinder-dry conditions after three years of drought that experts say has been exacerbated by climate change. Strong winds fanned about 60 fires burning across New South Wales state and officials said smoke that stretched across Sydney was measured at 10 times above hazardous levels in some parts of the city. (VOA/AFP)