A 2008 Australian government report predicted catastrophic fires



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A 2008 Australian government report predicted catastrophic fires



BURNED wildlife and livestock remains lying on the fence after these animals unsuccessfully tried to escape the blaze that hit Batlow in New South Wales on January 4, according to NewScientist. Together with a billion other dead animals, they will be burnt in mass graves dug by the military.

Last year in Australia was the driest and hottest ever



Australia is in a state of shock. At least 24 people have died so far, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and 8 million hectares, or an area the size of Scotland, have been burned. For months since the smoke, the sky is brown and red and is a constant reminder of the tragedy that has engulfed Australia.

Two days ago the Bureau of Meteorology announced that last year in Australia was the driest and hottest since measurements were made. December 18th was the hottest day ever with an average maximum temperature reaching 41.9 degrees Celsius.

Despite these extremes, the Australian government acted as if nothing unusual had happened. Last November, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told ABC radio that fires have always been in Australia and rejected the role of climate change in the country.

A report from the Australian government predicts catastrophic fires

But Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick at the University of New South Wales believes there is no doubt that climate change is an important factor.

“We can say with certainty that (climate change) has contributed to the length and severity of this fire season,” she said. A 2008 Australian government report predicted that around 2020 due to global warming, Australia's fire seasons would start earlier, end later and be more intense.

“We knew this was going to happen,” Perkins-Kirkpatrick said.

This fire season started a month earlier

The fire season began this year in September, a month earlier than usual. In Australia, officially the fire hazard season runs from October to the end of March.

Past fires have already devastated an area larger than that of California in 2018 and Amazon in 2019.

In addition, on January 1, Canberra was the most polluted capital in the world.

Fires have also ravaged Australia's unique wildlife. Chris Dickman of the University of Sydney estimates that 1.3 billion mammals, birds and reptiles have died in the wildfires.

And Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been sharply criticized for refusing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, saying at a January 2 conference that the government must balance between a “vibrant and sustainable economy” and a “vibrant and sustainable environment”.

A 2008 Australian government report predicted catastrophic fires

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