Climate group warns of catastrophic fires

 Climate group warns of catastrophic fires

25 September 2007

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Australia — The Climate Institute is warning Victoria’s fire danger will reach catastrophic levels unless the Federal Government tackles climate change.

The Institute says catastrophic fires are expected every five years

A new report shows weather conditions in Victoria have intensified over the last two decades and fire danger days will increase by 65 per cent by 2020.

The Institute’s Chief Executive John Connor says Victoria could soon experience bushfires similar to those that ravaged Canberra four years ago.

“Conditions which are called catastrophic and that is similar to what Canberra experienced in 2003, they occur once every 32 years,” he said.

“But they will occur once every five years unless world leaders and Australia cut greenhouse gases and build on that Kyoto framework,” Mr Connor said.

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