Smoke from Australian bushfires will travel around the world

NSW's National Parks and Wildlife Service staff dropping the vegetables from a helicopter

At least 28 people have lost their lives in the crisis, which has destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

Heavy smoke over Melbourne on Tuesday caused disruptions at the Australian Open, a favorite of the country's sporting events, as the organizers were confronted with a storm of criticism for continuing competitions. They could continue for months to come however, these things could make a difference.

The fires are not isolated to Australia, having sent some thousands of miles into the stratosphere.

Co-author Professor Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts Research at the Met Office Hadley Centre and University of Exeter, said: "Fire weather does occur naturally but is becoming more severe and widespread due to climate change".

Through December and the start of January, multiple states experienced severe, extreme and catastrophic fire warning days - determined a long-established index that fire services rely on.

"The effects of those events - whether the smoke provides a net atmospheric cooling or warming, what happens to underlying clouds - is now the subject of intense study", NASA said.

The findings, according to the scientists, show associations between climate change and increased frequency or severity of fire weather. Experts, natural causes of forest fires due to the effects of global warming cannot be extinguished, he said.

"Australia has measurably warmed by more than a degree".

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The World Meteorological Organization says the global temperature increase could hit 3-5 C this century - more than three times limits agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement - if nothing is done to stop rising emissions. In New South Wales, they're officially endangered.

But the direct cause of the Australia fires is a result of arson, not climate change, as Breitbart News has chronicled.

The wildfires now ravaging Australia are "unprecedented" according to analysis by the World Resources Institute, which found there were about four times more fire alerts in 2019 than in any other year in the past two decades.

"Every second that we spend talking about whether the climate is changing, is a second we are not spending on looking at adaptation, mitigation strategies", Andrews told ABC Radio National. But the influence of human-driven climate change is also in the mix. However, the concentration of smoke particles emitted from this particular fire season in Australia is unprecedented.

Dr. Jones said the review focuses primarily on the effects of climate change on fire weather, not the number of fires or burned areas.

Think-tank the Australia Institute on Wednesday published a survey of more than 1000 people, finding that nearly half are now "very concerned" about climate change compared to less than 40 per cent six months ago.

If global warming can be constrained, limiting increased temperatures to 2C or less, than the fire weather risk can be minimised.

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