The bushfire season in Australia has been horrific. More horrific than any before. Axios offers a glimpse of what people are going through, while Metro reports that it has affected wildlife too — wildfires killing almost half a billion animals. Yes, I said billion.
This year brought Australians their least average rainfall:
It certainly has made the bushfire problem worse. But Australia has had dry years before, and will again. Although 2019 was the driest on record, there’s no trend detectable in rainfall amounts, at least not yet; it looks like an unfortunate but random occurrence. This isn’t climate change, it’s bad luck.
This year was the hottest on record for Australia, especially their daily high temperatures:
This too has made the bushfire problem worse — much worse. Australia has had hot years before, but nothing even close to this year. Without climate change this would have been impossible. THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE.
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, is one of the worst climate denier politicians in the world. What a pity that he’s not the one who has to pay for the mess he’s helped make oh so much worse.
Australians: if you think this season is bad, just wait …
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