Scientists have warned for years that climate change would increase the risk of extreme bushfires in Australia and be very apparent by 2020. This warning was accurate – and largely ignored by successive federal governments.  

Scientists expect dangerous fire weather will continue to become more frequent and severe without substantial and rapid action to reduce climate pollution from burning polluting fuels like coal, and clearing forests and woodlands. That’s why we need urgent action to stop burning polluting fuels, switch to clean energy, and protect and restore degraded ecosystems.