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Australia Barnaby Joyce says sun's magnetic fields cause bushfires. Science says...

10:20  12 november  2019
10:20  12 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

Barnaby Joyce says NSW bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for the Greens

  Barnaby Joyce says NSW bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for the Greens Victims of New South Wales' bushfires are dragged into the federal political arena as politicians bicker over the role of climate change and controlled burning. Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has claimed two of the victims who were killed at the weekend had "most likely" voted for the Greens — comments senior Government minister Mathias Cormann has denounced. He made the comments as he sought to attack Greens politicians for what he said was a failure to support hazard-reduction burning during winter.

Barnaby Joyce says two people killed in a bushfire that ripped through a tiny country town were 'most likely Greens voters'. Mr Joyce also blamed the minor party for increasing the threat of bushfires . Labor' s Kristina Keneally and Greens leader Richard Di Natale slammed remarks.

Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has slammed The Greens saying it had increased the bushfire threat Mr Smith said the environmental authorities who have a put a stop to reduction burns — which It may not be the primary cause that’ s been outlined to you, but do you accept that it is part of the problem?”

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Barnaby Joyce’s claim that changes to the sun’s magnetic fields were linked to the bushfires burning out of control across NSW have been rubbished by climate scientists.

The former deputy prime minister told Sky News he accepted that the climate crisis was making Australia hotter and drier.

But the Nationals member for New England said other factors including changes to magnetic fields were also to blame.

'This is our life, we actually live through this': Barnaby Joyce explodes at Karl Stefanovic in furious rant as he tries to protect his parents' home in the bush

  'This is our life, we actually live through this': Barnaby Joyce explodes at Karl Stefanovic in furious rant as he tries to protect his parents' home in the bush The Nationals backbencher was speaking on radio station 2GB from his parents' home in New England which was just metres away from bushfire. 'I'm at my parents' place and… I've got to try and work out how I rig up some firefighting equipment around their house and try and save their house,' Mr Joyce said.'There are spot fires round it. I don't know how this works, we'll just do our best job.'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Joyce was calm until Stefanovic (pictured) asked him how bad the fires were Mr Joyce was calm until Stefanovic asked him how bad the fires were. Becoming angry, he said: 'Yeah.

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce says on Sky News that the two people who were killed in a bushfire that ripped through a tiny country NSW town 'most likely voted for the Greens'.

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“There are a range of things that affect the climate and on a global scale, you should be part of it, and acknowledge it would have an effect and I acknowledge that there are other issues as well,” he said.

"There’s just the the oscillation of the seasons. There’s a change in the magnetic field of the sun."

Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSW

Jamie Fato tries to stop an out of control fire entering Owen Whalan's property at Koorainghat, near Taree in the Mid North Coast region of NSW, Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Associate Professor Nerilie Abram, a climate researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, called his comments “ludicrous and grossly ill-informed”.

Dr Abram said she was unaware of any study suggesting changes to the sun’s magnetic field could increase Australia’s bushfire risk.

“I don’t know of any scientific study that says that," she said.

“Increasing temperatures, drought and fuel load all increase that bushfire risk.”

Weather, dryness holding back early burns

  Weather, dryness holding back early burns Bushfire experts say it's always risky to do hazard reduction burns and conditions have to be just right, with weather more of a hindrance than activists. The early fire season and extreme dryness have had more of an impact on the amount of hazard reduction burns than complaints by environmental activists. Experts say there are many practical constraints on this kind of fire management that makes it very tricky.

Barnaby Joyce .

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has sharply criticised the nation' s leader, Malcolm Turnbull, in an escalation of tensions that have rocked the government. Mr Turnbull has repeatedly said Mr Joyce ' s future is a decision for the Nationals, most of whom have publicly backed their leader.

Dr Abram said changes to the sun’s magnetic fields had a tiny effect on the Earth’s climate.

“They are not causing climate change.

"We can measure the energy we get from the sun, and it does have a natural variability. But it’s very small, and it has not shown any long-term trend over the past century, when we have seen this dramatic warming.

“It is clearly not one of the factors that has caused this warming.”

a man looking at the camera: Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 31 July 2019. © Alex Ellinghausen Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Associate Professor Pete Strutton, from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at theUniversity of Tasmania, said it was difficult to analyse Mr Joyce's claim because it was so bizarre.

“I don’t even know what he means. We know what causes climate change,” he said.

“What exactly would the magnetic fields influence? I can't even ... Are they influencing the amount of solar radiation reaching the Earth? It is hard to respond to because it is so wacky.”

To find out the latest on the NSW and QLD bushfires, please refer to:

  • NSW RFS
  • QRFS
  • Firefighters need 'better access to water' to combat fires .
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