Violet Lawson, second from left, and others in her family chew on green sand palm fronds for hydration while out burning brush, near Cooinda, in Australia's Northern Territory, Jan 15, 2020. Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in Australia are drawing new attention. (Matthew Abbott/The New York Times)

Reducing fire the Aboriginal way

Over the past decade, fire-prevention programmes, mainly on aboriginal lands in northern Australia, have cut destructive wildfires in half