Fire danger up 300pc by mid-century: CSIRO

 Fire danger up 300pc by mid-century: CSIRO

25 September 2007

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Australia — A report shows that Australia’s fire danger season will increase dramatically because of climate change.

The CSIRO report that shows that the number of extreme fire danger days could increase by 65 per cent over the next two decades and by 300 per cent by the middle of the century.

John Connor from the Climate Institute says governments need to act now to ease the problem.

“It’s in Australia’s national interest to act now and to urge other world leaders to act now to cut greenhouse pollution and build on the Kyoto framework,” he said.

Chief officer with the Country Fire Service in South Australia, Euan Ferguson, warns that more bushfires like those that devastated Canberra in 2003 and SA’s Eyre Peninsula in 2005 are likely.

“It reinforces our message that there will be times when no force known to mankind can suppress these bushfires,” he said.

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