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Author: Jenni Ryall
Prepare For Devastating Bushfires, Australian Climate Council Warns
A new report by the Climate Council, which was abolished by the Abbott government and is now funded by public donations, warned the length and severity of the bushfire season is increasing year on year. The report linked the intensity and length of the bushfire season in Australia to the impact of climate change, stating extreme fire weather has increased over the last 30 years and will only get worse in the future. Speaking at the one year anniversary of the fires on Friday, NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said climate change also needs to be considered in relation to bushfire management. "If our window of opportunity continues to shrink, in order to get those really important pre-season activities underway then, yes, there's a broader argument that needs to be had around matters of climate change and its effect on fire management and fire seasons," he said. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has previously rejected the link between climate change and bushfires in Australia. "Climate change is real, as I've often said, and we should take strong action against it. But these fires are certainly not a function of climate change - they're just a function of life in Australia," he told 3AW after the 2013 bushfires. The Climate Council used their report to call for urgent action by the government in fighting climate change, so as to protect the Australian economy and environment. "To reduce the risk of even more extreme events, including bushfires, in the future, Australia must cut greenhouse gas emissions rapidly and deeply to join global efforts to stabilise the world's climate," it said.

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