There is "no doubt" that climate change increases the risk of wild forest fires around the world, researchers said on Tuesday, as the Australian government is facing criticism for denying devastating forest fires that are definitively linked to global warming. He said he wouldn't have taken a heavily criticized family vacation to Hawaii in December while firefighters battled the blazes if he knew what he knows now, while acknowledging there were things he "could have handled on the ground much better".
The fires that have razed over 2,000 homes, killed 26 people, wiped out an estimated billion mammals, birds and reptiles and scorched some 25 million acres are finally under control in some areas, say firefighters.
He also repeatedly stated that Australia was doing more than enough to meet its emission reduction targets, prompting a series of large-scale street protests.
Australia contributes just 1.3 per cent of the world's carbon emissions, though it is the second-largest emitter per capita after the United States.
They have faced criticism from climate protesters who have dubbed Morrison a "fossil fool", while the opposition Labour party has called for more resources to prepare for and prevent fire disasters.
The studies included global analyses of wildfires as well as research focusing on countries including Australia, the United States, Greece, and Canada.
The researchers said the fire seasons had been extended by an average of 20% around the world, although the burnt area had fallen in recent decades, largely due to clearing up savannah areas to create agricultural land that is less likely to burn.
"Fire weather occurs naturally, but is becoming increasingly serious and widespread due to climate change", said Professor Richard Betts, a co-author of the paper, and head of climate impact research at the Met Office Hadley Center.
"Limiting global warming to well below 2°C would help avoid further increases in the risk of extreme fire weather".
The forest fires now destroying Australia are "unprecedented" according to the analysis of the World Resources Institute, which discovered that there were approximately four times more fire alarms in 2019 than in any other year in the last two decades. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.