Australia Sydney news: Smoke levels ease, NSW Energy Minister blames bushfires on climate change

23:35  10 december  2019
23:35  10 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Sydney news: Smoke haze lingers as bushfires ring the city, Australians say it's time to talk climate change

  Sydney news: Smoke haze lingers as bushfires ring the city, Australians say it's time to talk climate change MORNING BRIEFING: Firefighters conduct property protection across five emergency level fires across the state overnight, ahead of worsening bushfire conditions bringing more smoke forecast today.Sydney is set for another day of poor air quality, as bushfires ring the outskirts of the city.

NSW Bushfires : Sydney chokes through ‘lethal’ smoke . Smoke haze covered the Opera House 'This is not normal': Environment minister lashes climate change inaction. After no doubt suffering through Sydney 's smoke haze himself yesterday, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean had some

People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as scores of bushfires rage across the region. About five million people live in the state capital of New South Wales , which has been affected for weeks by fires. Six people have died in bushfires in the state's north since October.

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NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has told a national conference that climate change is behind the state's current bushfire crisis and there is no use in "beating around the bush".

Mr Kean began his speech by saying the bushfires had been caused by extreme weather events, high temperatures and the worst drought in living memory.

The Minister went on to say it was what scientists had warned of for decades and politics could not get in the way of winning the "climate wars".

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  Linking climate change to Australia's bushfires 'is insulting': Kenny Sky News host Chris Kenny says it is “sickening” to observe the “hysterical politics of climate change” permeating into the coverage of Australia’s devastating bushfires. “These fires are terrible, they have taken lives, they have ruined lives,” Mr Kenny said. Mr Kenny said it “is pretty sickening,” to observe “facts, history and context thrown out the window” in order for a “climate alarmist” narrative to be pushed. Mr Kenny said some of the discussion around climate change and the Australia's devastating bushfires simply, “insults everyone’s intelligence”.

A shroud of smoke from Australia's bushfires has caused chaos in Sydney , bringing dangerous air quality, setting off smoke alarms and ruining The city has endured air quality surpassing "hazardous" levels for weeks, as about 100 blazes continue to rage throughout New South Wales ( NSW ).

About 100 bushfires are raging in the Australian state of New South Wales ( NSW ) Sydney 's air quality deteriorated beyond "hazardous" levels this week as smoke from the fires again blanketed the city. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said that global emissions of CO2

He said renewable energy was an economic opportunity "we would be negligent to miss".

"To those vested interests and ideologues who want to stand in the way of this transition, I say enjoy your Kodak moment because the energy iPhone is on its way."

Labor leader Jodi McKay applauded Mr Kean's comments, but accused Premier Gladys Berejiklian of being "missing in action".

Less smoke, less fire danger

Bushfire conditions have eased thanks to lower temperatures and winds while the air quality across the state is also forecast to improve today.

Sydney's air quality is expected to be 'fair' today after yesterday's dangerous readings of more than 11 times hazardous levels, but those with respiratory conditions should stay vigilant.

There has been a decrease in the number of blazes at watch and act level and firefighters will today take advantage of cooler conditions to strengthen containment lines.

Firefighters are most concerned about a handful of blazes north of Sydney and up into the Hunter region, as well as at Green Wattle Creek in the south-west of the city.

RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said 724 homes had been lost in the 2.7 million hectares burnt by bushfires this season.

Great, Now Australia's Bushfires Are Fuelling Climate Change .
Australia is in the grips of a climate emergency. Bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland have killed six people and made the air toxic. Climate change helped fuel the fires, and now the fires are fuelling climate change. The bushfires have emitted 250 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere, according to NASA data shared with the Guardian. That’s almost half of the country’s yearly emissions.Traditionally, carbon emitted from bushfires have been offset by forests regrowing and sucking up carbon dioxide.

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