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Australian Bushfire Crisis: Dire need to reduce carbon emissions says scientists

274 of the country's leading climate, fire and weather scientists have jotted an open letter to the nation's policy makers on Monday saying, Australia needs to buckle up their shoes when it comes to the matter of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Australian National University climate scientist Professor Nerilie Abram explained, "In many ways, this letter is the product of despair as scientists witnessed the deadly fire season unfold. Scientists have been warning policymakers for decades that climate cahnge would worsen Australia's fire risk, and yet those warnings have been ignored."

Reports of an eminent news agency describes, in a catalogue of heat records moving across Australia in 2019 and early into 2020, the letter intends to warn that heat waves falling on land and in the oceans are now more enduring, hotter and frequent.

Scientists predict that regular 50-degree-celsius days in Sydney and Melbourne will be faced by 2040, however, the immense wildfire was just a trailer of a deadly equation. Other impacts could see Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef under threat along with a multitude of marine species and land animals.

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"Scientists by nature tend to be conservative. Perhaps that explains why many of the projected climate impacts made in the peer-reviewed literature seem to be occurring earlier than forecast," said University of New South Wales Canberra fire researcher Professor Jason Sharples. 

"It's important to remember that what we are seeing now are the dangerous and costly impacts of just one degree Celsius of global warming. Yet while our climate changes rapidly, Australia's climate change policies stand still and the world is on track for three degree Celsius or more of warming by the end of this century," Sharples added.

University of New South Wales climate scientist Professor Katrin Meissner said, "the thick, choking smoke haze of this summer is nothing compared to the policy smokescreen that continues in Australia. We need a clear, non-partisan path to reduce Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions in line with what the scientific evidence demands, and the commitment from our leaders to push for meaningful global action to combat climate change. Not tomorrow, but right now."

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