World Australia: Tomorrow, disasters will be more 'severe and frequent', according to fire commission

13:00  30 october  2020
13:00  30 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Australians should be ready for "compounding" overlapping crises as they face more frequent , costly and severe climate change-worsened disasters , an Predicting a future in which disasters " will regrettably be more frequent and more severe ", the commission said: "We can also expect more

More than 1,600 firefighters are currently working to slow the spread of fires and shore up containment lines, the NSW Rural Fire Service says. Scientists have long warned that a hotter, drier climate will contribute to fires becoming more frequent and more intense. Many parts of Australia

Last year the fires lasted nine months, costing the Australian economy around seven billion dollars

Un homme tente de défendre sa propriété face aux incendies, le 12 novembre 2020 en Australie. © PETER PARKS / AFP A man tries to defend his property against fires on November 12, 2020 in Australia. HAZARDOUS FIRES - Last year the fires lasted nine months, costing the Australian economy an estimated $ 7 billion

By the end of 2019, Australia had been ravaged by one-time fires. And the climate change could lead to similar events "more frequent and more serious", accompanied by climate disasters, according to a commission on forest fires, which makes its investigation this Friday.

Fires return to Australia every year at the end of the southern winter, but last year they were exceptionally serious , killing 33 people and destroying an area equal to that of the UK or Ghana. "What was unprecedented now is our future," warned the Royal Commission on Better Preparing Australia for Natural Disasters.

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“Climate change increases the frequency and severity of fire weather across the globe but humans have moderated how this risk translates into fire . In Australia , while recent rains have offered limited hope in some areas, there is not likely to be much greater relief in the next two months, according to

Tomorrow Today. To the Point. World Stories. Australian fires tear across northeast. Bushfires are a common threat during Australia 's hot, dry summers, but this year's outbreak has been particularly severe . According to Weather Source, over 6,900 fires have been recorded in Angola and 3,400 in DR Experts say climate change means these events will likely become more severe and frequent .

Pharaonic costs for the country

According to her, not only will disasters “unfortunately be more frequent and more serious” but “we can expect more simultaneous and consecutive dangerous phenomena”. "In the past 12 months, there have been drought , heat waves and forest fires, followed by severe storms, flooding and a pandemic," the commission recalled.

The fires, which lasted for nine months and ended in March, have killed or displaced nearly three billion animals, costing the Australian economy an estimated seven billion dollars (six billion euros). The annual cost of disasters could increase to around $ 27 billion by 2050, without even accounting for the worsening global warming "inevitable over the next two decades".

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The Australian study was conducted, like many others, by an international group of scientists called World Weather Attribution. Record warmth and dryness last year led to a severe wildfire outbreak in Australia , with an estimated 50 million acres burned, including more than 16 million acres in the

More than 20 million people a year are forced from their homes by climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that adapting to climate change and coping with damages will cost developing countries 0-300 billion per year by 2030.

Climate change, insufficiently documented

“As a result, the sea level should continue to rise. Cyclones are expected to decrease in number, but increase in intensity. Floods and forest fires are expected to become more frequent and more intense ”. Among its 80 recommendations, the report calls for better data on how global warming will translate into specific areas.

However, he did not call on the Conservative government, accused of delaying putting in place measures to combat this phenomenon, to tackle the root causes, disappointing some experts. “We have a bathtub that is overflowing with problems,” said La Trobe University environmentalist Michael Clarke. "Of course, we can concentrate on controlling the level, cleaning up when it overflows, but we could also consider turning off the taps."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly played down the link between climate change and the fires, remaining a staunch supporter of Australia's very powerful and lucrative mining industry.

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