Research confirms climate link to Australian bushfires

(Eco Business, 5 Mar 2020) Fires were made at least 30 per cent more likely by human-caused climate change, study finds.

Anthropogenic global warming significantly increased the chances of extreme fire weather in Australia, an international study has found.

The research, conducted by a team of climate scientists at World Weather Attribution, found that the devastating bushfires in Australia in 2019 and 2020 were at least 30 per cent more likely because of climatic changes caused by humans.

At least 34 people were killed directly by the fires, predominantly in the southeast of the country. The fires also polluted the air, destroyed buildings and had a devastating impact on Australian wildlife. More than 11 million hectares, an area larger than Ireland, burned and the economic costs could run into the billions of dollars.

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Eco Business, 5 Mar 2020: Research confirms climate link to Australian bushfires