Australian Fires and Climate Change

Jan 9, 2020

There has been a long‑term increase in both extreme fire weather and the length of the fire season across large parts of Australia

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So far this Australian fire season, more than 15 million acres have burned, which equals roughly the size of the state of West Virginia. For perspective, this is dramatically larger than the area burned during the past two years of fires in California--2018 (1.96 million acres) and 2019 (260,000 acres). The Australian state of New South Wales, home of Sydney, has more than 100 active fires.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE ROLE

KEY STATISTICS

 

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RESOURCES

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES - SCIENTISTS DOWN UNDER

Dr. Nerilie Abram
ARC Future Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, The Australian National University
nerilie.abram@anu.edu.au
https://twitter.com/dr_nerilie

Dr. Michael Mann
Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University
mann@psu.edu
https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann
Currently on sabbatical in Sydney

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