Jan 6, 2020

Russell Crowe sends climate message from Australia after Golden Globes win

Russell Crowe in Sydney in December. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for AFI

Russell Crowe couldn't accept his Golden Globe in person because he's "in Australia protecting his family from the devastating bushfires," said Jennifer Aniston, who accepted the award on his behalf Sunday, delivering his message on climate change:

"Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way, we all have a future."

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Clouds from Australia's extreme fires can be seen from space

Photo: NASA

The sheer size and scale of the fires raging in Australia can perhaps best be seen from space.

The big picture: Australia's extreme fires have been made worse by climate change, which exacerbated the country's hot and dry conditions.

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Podcast: Australia on fire

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Australia's deadly fires: What you need to know

The Australian flag flies under red skies from fires on Jan. 4 in Bruthen, Victoria. Photos: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Orroral Valley fire has burned through nearly 25% of the district that's home to Australia's capital, News.com.au reports, after ACT Emergency Controller Georgeina Whelan said the fire was rapidly growing into the south east on Saturday.

The latest: The Orroral fire grew from 81,544 acres to at least 129,073 acres on Saturday, based on Whelan's initial statement, and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's following estimate. Whelan said the Orroral fire is expected to move "well into" New South Wales, which creates potential for it to reach and merge with other bushfires in the area.