Be prepared: climate change and the South Australia bushfire threat

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    Abstract

    Residents of South Australia have experienced the serious consequences of bushfires. In 2005 the Black Tuesday bushfires on the Eyre Peninsula resulted in the tragic loss of nine lives and estimated damages of $41 million (2011$). At the beginning of 2014 several bushfires raged across the state, burning tens of thousands of hectares of land, destroying properties and injuring firefighters and residents.

    Australians have always lived with fire and its consequences, but climate change is increasing fire danger weather and thus the risk of fires. It is time to think very seriously about the risks that future fires will pose.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherClimate Council of Australia
    Commissioning bodyClimate Council of Australia
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)9780994186607
    ISBN (Print)9780994186614
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Copyright Climate Council of Australia Ltd 2014. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

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