When friends asked me why I left my job as a reporter in Beijing to move to Sydney, I would always point upwards. “The sky,” I’d say. In a country like China where so-called unpolluted “blue sky days” are rare, clean air, as I saw it, was a luxury. Over the last six months, however, that luxury has vanished. Smoke from the worst bushfire season in recorded history has bled into the skies of Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. From my studio window overlooking Sydney Harbour, I ca...
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