Caramel Snow: How the Australian Bushfires are affecting the world, in pictures
As the continent is ablaze, the effects are far reaching. One example is the effect seen on neighbouring nation, New Zealand, where the snow is changing colour on glaciers.
The bushfires in Australia are still raging, and have surpassed proportions that we can control.
They have, so far this season, scorched more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres) of bushland and destroyed over 1,000 homes, including 449 homes on the south coast this week.
Another death from the fires in NSW was confirmed on Friday, taking the toll in the state this week alone, to eight.
Two people have died in Victoria's fires, and 28 others are unaccounted for. Victoria declared a state of disaster for the first time, giving authorities broad powers to compel people to leave their properties and take control of services, similar to the state of emergency that has been declared in NSW.
At the peak of the summer holiday period, tens of thousands of holidaymakers have been urged to leave national parks and tourist areas on the NSW south coast and eastern areas of Victoria before a return of temperatures above 40C (104 F) and hot winds on Saturday.
As the continent is ablaze, the effects are far reaching. One example is the effect seen on neighbouring nation, New Zealand.
Reuters obtained images of "caramelised snow", caused by dust from the Australian bushfires, seen near the Franz Josef glacier in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand, on January 1, 2020
Another picture taken on Jan 1 shows the strangely transformed snow up close:
The scenes look like post-apocalyptic stills from the dystopian animated movie, Wall-E.
The dust from the fires gave the usually pristine white snow a warm tinge, making the landscape look 'caramelised'.
This comes as no suprise, considering the vast amounts of haze, smog and dust above Australia right now.
This is most starkly seen in satellite images:
Life throughout Australia has been impacted, and we can only hope for some quick reprieve.