Rain to bring relief, risks to Australia hit by fire

A wallaby eating a carrot after NSW's National Parks and Wildlife Service staff air-dropped them in bushfire-stricken areas around Wollemi and Yengo National Parks New South Wales Australia

Australia is wasting time debating the merits of climate change and should instead focus its attention on responding to the impacts it is having on the country, a senior Liberal minister has warned.

In response to the crisis, a team of United Kingdom scientists came together last month to conduct a Rapid Response Review of 57 different research projects that have been undertaken since 2013.

This constitutes of periods of weather associated with high fire risk due to a combination of higher temperatures, low humidity, low rainfall and strong winds, the review found.

Based on the analysis of current research results, future fire weather forecasts could be made, he said - and that's not a good thing.

In light of the Australian fires, researchers from the Met Office Hadley Centre, the University of East Anglia (UEA), Imperial College London, and the University of Exeter have carried out a Rapid Response Review of 57 peer-reviewed papers that have been published since the Fifth Assessment Report issued by IPCC in 2013. There, the smoke can migrate thousands of kilometers from its source and affect atmospheric conditions around the world, according to NASA. As tiny particles make their way into the upper limits of the atmosphere, they can block out or amplify the sun to either cool or warm the planet.

Some regions experience increasing global temperatures, more frequent heat waves, and the accompanying droughts that increase the chance of wildfires by triggering both hot and dry conditions and thus encouraging fire weather.

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As bush fires tore through New South Wales state in December, Mr Morrison avoided drawing a link between the unusually early and ferocious fire season and climate change, saying the time was not right for such discussions. Image: AFPmedia_cameraBusiness owner Sally Anne Wilson faces her destroyed business with her partner Christopher Lee in Cobargo, New South Wales New South Wales on January 1st.

The space agency has also labelled Australia's bushfire-generated storms, or pyrocumulonimbus events which have been exacerbating fire activity this week, as rare.

However, dozens of fires remained out of control and, with many weeks of hot weather still expected throughout Australia's summer, there was no suggestion the crisis would end soon.

"Every second that we spend talking about whether or not the climate is changing is a second that we are not spending on looking at adaptation [and] mitigation strategies", she said. Working together to support Australia is something we can all do this fire season.

Dr Jones said the review focused chiefly on the effects of climate change on fire weather, rather than fire counts or burned area.

Think-tank the Australia Institute on Wednesday published a survey of more than 1000 people, finding that nearly half are now "very concerned" about climate change compared to less than 40 per cent six months ago.

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