Climate Council finds ‘clear link’ between bushfires and climate change
There is a “clear link” between climate change and bushfires, with the current New South Wales fires influenced by a rising frequency of hot, dry days, according to the climate body that had its funding withdrawn by the Coalition government.
The Climate Council’s findings offered a rebuke to Tony Abbott’s assertion that there was no correlation between climate change and the NSW fires, which the prime minister renewed on Friday when he dismissed claims of a link as “complete hogwash”.
Asked by the News Corporation columnist Andrew Bolt about the “insanity” of the reaction to the fires by the “media and outside” in connecting the fires to global warming, Abbott said: “I suppose, you might say, that they are desperate to find anything that they think might pass as ammunition for their cause.”
The Climate Council comprises an independent group of scientists and businesspeople established from the ashes of the Climate Commission, which was abolished by the government in September.
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