January 6, 2020
This article in Scientific American, entitled “Australia’s Angry Summer: This is What Climate Change Looks Like” does not make for happy reading.
The bushfires in Southwestern Australia are stunning in their devastation. The fires, which started in late August, have consumed more than 5 million hectares (or more than 12 million acres), killed nine people and destroyed about 1,000 homes. Some 500 million animals are thought to have been lost in the fires, including 30 percent of the country’s koala population. And Australia’s fire season is typically at its most intense in January and February. The worst may be yet to come.
Says the article: “[T]he link between the current extremes and anthropogenic climate change is scientifically undisputable.”