The Smoke Cloud of Australian Fires Will Circle the Earth

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

New Research Confirms Role of Climate Change in Forest Wildfires

Since September previous year, hundreds of fires have burned millions of hectares in Australia, leaving at least 28 people dead, destroying around 2,000 homes and killing more than one billion animals, the BBC reported.

As global temperatures soar, Australia could become so hot and dry that the country's residents could become climate refugees, USA climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann told Reuters.

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.

The findings, according to the scientists, show associations between climate change and increased frequency or severity of fire weather.

The rate of deliberately lit fires reportedly escalated during the Australian school holidays.

Prof Richard Betts from the Met Office Hadley Centre said we are "seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under a future warming world of 3C". A seven-day state of emergency was declared on December 23.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed during the Democrat debate on Tuesday hosted by CNN that the massive brush fires in Australia were started by global warming. Things such as donating to the families of firefighters who have died on duty, supporting Royal Society of Prevention of Animals in New South Wales, or even donating clothing to victims in need are all things you could do to help make the situation better.

Rising global temperatures, more frequent heatwaves and associated droughts in some regions increase the likelihood of wildfires by stimulating hot and dry conditions, promoting fire weather, which can be used as an overall measure of the impact of climate change on the risk of fires occurring. 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.

Climate refugees, or environmental migrants, are people forced to abandon their homes due to change in climate patterns or extreme weather events.

"However, there is also evidence that humans have significant potential to control how this fire risk translates into fire activity, in particular through land management decisions and ignition sources". Image: AAPmedia_cameraBushfire experts and fire chiefs have described the conditions of this brush fire season as "unprecedented". On the contrary, burnt regions have increased in closed-canopy forests, probably in reaction to the double pressures of forest degradation and climate change.

According to a new report from Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Australia's fires have pumped out 400 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, more than the total combined annual emissions of the 116 lowest-emitting countries, and nine times the amount produced during California's record-setting 2018 fire season. "Land planning should take the increasing risk in fire weather into account".

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