Global warming linked to wildfires, says UN climate chief

October 22, 2013
A firefighter monitors a back burn near Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains on October 21, 2013

Wildfires are "absolutely" linked to global warming and increasingly intense heatwaves, the UN climate chief has said, as bushfires burned out of control in Australia.

The comments come as debate rages in Australia—whose new Prime Minister Tony Abbott once described the science behind man-made climate change as "absolute crap"—about whether there is a link between the infernos and .

Asked in an interview with CNN if there was a link between climate and wildfires, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said "yes there is, absolutely".

"The World Meteorological Organization has not established a direct link between this wildfire and climate change – yet," Figueres said.

"But what is absolutely clear is the science is telling us that there are increasing heatwaves in Asia, Europe, and Australia, that there these will continue, that they will continue in their intensity and in their frequency."

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology data shows that 2013 is on track to become the country's hottest year on record, surpassing the previous mark set in 2005, according to the non-profit think tank Climate Council.

Last month was the hottest September ever recorded in Australia, with national average temperatures 2.75 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term average, it said.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, at a press conference in Germany on May 25, 2012

Debate has raged about whether climate change has contributed to the bushfires blazing out of control west of Sydney, which have so far destroyed several hundred homes and cost one man his life.

Figueres said Abbott's decision to repeal a carbon tax on emissions designed to combat put in place by the previous government would come at a high price politically.

"We are really already paying the price of carbon," she said. "We are paying the price with , we are paying the price with droughts."

Figueres called for action to address rising .

"What we have seen are just introductions to the doom and gloom that we could be facing. But that's not the only scenario," she said.

"We could—as humankind—we could take vigorous action and we could have a very, very different scenario. That's a scenario that is worth examining.

"We have very little time," she added. "The important thing is that we still have time, although inasmuch as we delay, we are closing the window upon ourselves."

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1.4 / 5 (19) Oct 24, 2013
Hmmm.... just pulling lies out of your a*se is science to the AGW Alarmist Cult.
2.1 / 5 (17) Oct 27, 2013
Hmmm.... just pulling lies out of your a*se is science to the AGW Alarmist Cult.

If only I could defend my thesis with so much expertise and eloquence....
3.3 / 5 (23) Oct 27, 2013
Hmmm.... just pulling lies out of your a*se is science to the AGW Alarmist Cult.

Oh right, and that's why the fire season has begun a month early this year. Because of the lying "AGW Alarmist Cult". Come on.
3.7 / 5 (6) Oct 27, 2013
"just pulling lies out of your a*se is science" - Anti-Gore-Tard

Australia's Bushfire Season Turns Sydney's Skies Orange

2 / 5 (16) Oct 28, 2013
Hmmm.... just pulling lies out of your a*se is science to the AGW Alarmist Cult.

I know rejection hurts, @anti, but I have a wife and I just don't go that way. Sorry. You can't fixate what ain't broke. Have a nice day.
2.1 / 5 (15) Oct 28, 2013
No one dare stand against the wit of the forum outlaw known as antigoracle, the fastest copy and paste west of the Pacos!
3.5 / 5 (6) Nov 02, 2013
Global warming linked to wildfires

I think there is a lot of truth in that headline. Where there once where mild-*extreme* condition in the past; Wildfires in CA for example have always occurred, but global warming has intensified that to really extreme 200 year type events every other year! That kind of weather crap (100 year, 200 year... 1000 year events) seems to be a daily occurrence now.

Eventually all the deniers will give up and say they can't explain it. They can now anyway.

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