"Australia Fires Are Harbinger Of Planet’s Future, Say Scientists"

"Apocalyptic scenes give glimpse of what would be normal conditions in 3C world"

"The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world if temperatures are allowed to rise to dangerous levels, according to scientists.

“This is what you can expect to happen … at an average of 3C [above pre-industrial levels],” said Richard Betts, professor of geography at Exeter University. “We are seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions in a 3C world. It tells us what the future world might look like. This really brings home what climate change means.”

Average temperature rises in Australia were about 1.4C above pre-industrial levels before this season’s fires, showing a more rapid rate of heating than the global average of 1.1C."

Fiona Harvey reports for the Guardian January 14, 2020.


"Firenadoes, Ember Attacks And Megafires: Australia Is Seeing Sci-Fi Weather" (Washington Post)

"Hot and Dry Australia Could Join The Ranks Of 'Climate Refugees'" (Reuters)

"More Mass Fish Deaths Possible If Forecast Heavy Rains Wash Bushfire Ash Into Rivers" (Guardian)

"Dalila Jakupovic Hits Out At Australian Open Organizers After Bushfire Smoke Forces Her To Quit" (CNN)

"Bushfires Are 'Obliterating the Cultural Memory' of Australia's Aboriginal People" (Earther)

"Australia Fires: Smoke To Make 'Full Circuit' Around Globe, NASA Says" (BBC News)

"Australia's Indigenous People Have A Solution For The Country's Bushfires. And It's Been Around For 50,000 Years" (CNN)

Source: Guardian, 01/15/2020