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A CONTINENT ON FIRE

Why in news?

  • Bush fires in Australia that started in 2018 august has caused large scale destruction.

What caused bush fires?

  • Warnings have been sounded by scientists that even with a global average temperature rise of 1°C, the raging fires have engulfed an area the size of Switzerland

Concern for the future

  • Raising the alarm over the lowest ever rainfall recorded in parts of NSW and Queensland, and high peak temperatures, producing a tinderbox effect across the large Murray­ Darling Basin. The situation is bound to worsen without policy change, as temperatures are predicted to soar to 50°C
Australia MAP Forest Fire
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