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