The Heat is On: Climate Change, Extreme Heat and Bushfire Risk in Western Australia

The Climate Council

[Sydney Morning Herald]  The recent spate of catastrophic bushfires in WA will continue to rise and heatwaves will become more frequent unless climate change is tackled head one, a new report has found.

The Climate Council report, The Heat is On: Climate Change, Extreme Heat and Bushfire Risk in Western Australia released on Tuesday, found temperatures in WA are on the rise and bushfires are set to worsen in the future.

The report…found there had been a staggering 1000 fires in WA since January this year, which were caused by record hot dry spells.

And that is only the tip of the iceberg. By 2090, the amount of severe fire danger days could double if carbon emissions are not reduced.

Other major findings include:

Bushfire seasons rapidly changing as bushfires increase in number, burn for longer and affect larger areas of land.

The number of heatwave days in Perth increased by 50 per cent since 1950 and nine of WA’s hottest January’s on record have occurred in the last 10 years.

Some of WA’s most fire-prone regions may become uninhabitable if bushfires continue to increase.

By 2030, the number of firefighters in WA will need to double to cope with the increase in bushfires.

The report says the only way to reduce the number of bushfires and reverse the trend of higher temperatures was to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The co-author of the report Professor Lesley Hughes said the bushfires and extreme heat was directly related to climate change…


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