Australia’s 2019-20 bushfire season is shaping up as being the worst on record.
Already, New South Wales and Queensland have su ered more property damage and forest loss than in any previous fire season, with the worst fire danger period yet to come for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
This guide sets out the facts on hazard reduction and the role of climate change in this catastrophic bushfire season.
Unless we address climate change and urgently reduce our emissions as part of a global e ort, the window of opportunity for prescribed burning will continue to shrink. And as bushfire weather worsens, the e ectiveness of hazard reduction will diminish – no amount of hazard reduction will protect human lives, animals and properties from catastrophic fires.