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Fires Not Due to Climate Change: Expert

January 5, 2020

 

 

Linking NSW's bushfires to climate change is 'nonsense', a leading expert says.

 

Linking the bushfire disaster in NSW to climate change is "an absolute nonsense" and reducing fuel loads in the Australian bush is urgently needed, a leading scientist says.

 

Retired Monash University researcher David Packham says global warming is a gradual process which doesn't explain major bushfires.

 

Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has been accused of playing politics by linking the NSW bushfires to the new federal government's climate change policies.

 

But Mr Packham says there is no link.

 

"It's an absolute nonsense," he told AAP.

 

"The very best interpretation is (it's) misguided by them not understanding how bushfires actually do work in Australia.

 

"If there is any global warming, the global warming is so slow and so small that the bushfire event is totally overrun by the fuel state."

 

Mr Packham has previously accused "latte conservationists" of having too much influence on forest management.

 

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