Australia Bush Fires: Global Warming Could Be A Few Idiotic Boys
WHAT has caused the terrible fires in New South Wales, Australia?
The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council:
NEW SOUTH WALES
Above average rainfall for much of the preceding three years is likely to continue the trend of heavy grass fuel loads throughout the grassland areas of NSW. These grassland areas include those west of the Great Dividing Range, the Tablelands and the Upper Hunter. Above normal fire potential is expected to continue in these areas due to high grass fuel loads, combined with the predicted ENSO neutral (that is, neither El Niño or La Niña) summer outlook… Over much of the forested areas of NSW, below average rainfall since July has resulted in a drying trend in forest fuels. If this trend continues, above normal fire activity conditions are expected for the forested areas of central and southern NSW coast and ranges.
More rain. More grass. Mote to burn.
And the fires are caused by… global warming?
Greens deputy leader, Adam Bandt, wrote in the Guardian:
In other news:
A SECOND boy has been arrested over the Heatherbrae firestorm after his alleged accomplice was refused bail charged with lighting the massive blaze and a second fire.
The 15-year-old is expected to be charged later on Monday with lighting the fire which threatened properties and burnt more than 5000 hectares at Port Stephens.
It followed the charging of an 11-year-old boy on Monday morning with lighting the Heatherbrae fire on October 13, four days before weather conditions caused it to jump containment lines and speed towards Williamtown.