What Illinois Can Learn From The Wildfires In Australia And How You Can Help

 
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About 32,000 square miles of Australia have burned since the unprecedented bushfires began in October. If those fires occurred in Illinois, they would cover an area stretching from Rockford, to the Chicago suburbs and down to Springfield. A total area about the size of our neighboring state, Indiana.

It can be difficult to grasp the magnitude of these fires, and what effects they may have on the environment in other parts of the world, including here in Illinois. 

Trent Ford serves as Illinois State Climatologist and joined us to talk more about the bushfires.

And, when a natural disaster occurs across the globe, many of us here in Illinois are eager to help. But it can be difficult to know the most effective way to give and ensure that our money is going to the right place. Daniel Borochoff, the President of CharityWatch based in Chicago, joined us to offer some tips.  

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