Global warming will worsen fires in Australia
June 1, 2007
Global warming will put Australia at significantly higher risk of catastrophic bushfires said a leading climate scientists.
Australia's Temperature Projections. Courtesy of CSIRO Australia
"If we continue to track a high emissions future I don't believe the increase in bushfire risk would be adaptable to," he was quoted as saying the News Limited.
Pitman said that global warming is expected to cause temperature rise in Australia and would "very likely" result in a drier environment.
"You don't need to be a rocket scientist or even a climate scientist to figure out that those two things together would drive increased likelihood of severe bushfires," he said. "The risk of someone dropping a match and starting a fire is much higher."
Smoke from the bushfires in SE Australia, 8 December 2006. Courtesy of NASA