Climate change to blame for Australia bush fires

India Daily Post: Australia is enduring a bush fire crisis that has left three people dead, razed more than 150 homes, and prompted warnings of “catastrophic” danger.

Bush fires are a regular feature in the Australian calendar, but the blazes in New South Wales and Queensland have not previously occurred on such a scale and so early in the fire season, officials say.

This has led many Australians to ask how closely the fires can be linked to climate change.

The science around climate change is complex – it’s not the cause of bush fires but scientists have long warned that a hotter, drier climate would contribute to Australia’s fires becoming more frequent and more intense.

But the nation’s political leaders are facing a backlash for batting away questions on the subject.