What Should We Expect from the Australian Bushfires?
“The reality is, this is a function of climate change — this extreme heat, these extreme conditions that are so volatile and are producing the types of intensity and early season burning that we do not normally see in Australia,” Kolden- an associate professor of fire sciences at University of Idaho, said while speaking to the media.
Do you know Australia has been known for its dry and hot weather; in fact 2019 has been recorded as the hottest and dried year for Australia. Scientists have predicted that the dry and hot weather fuels the wildfires. Also, the air quality was 23 times higher than what is considered as hazardous.
Apparently, wildfires are good for lands. They clear up thick growth so sunlight can reach the ground and encourage the growth of native species. But, this time, the wildfire season has arrived earlier and the fire is multiple times dense and thick and the smoke from this fire has become another disaster. The air quality is poor, natural habitat for animals and humans have been destroyed, millions of animals have died and not just animals, it is a bad time for humans too!
I am hopeful we all know how weather and climate are two different things, and a single change in weather means a massive alteration in the climate over time. Means, if it is dead freezing right now in Pakistan, it is not global freezing but an early sign of what our climate has for us later in years. I’d repeat it is our weather that is changing everyday, the changes in our climate are yet to come and Australian bushfire is one of its signs.
Having said that I am leaving a thought for you all to ponder: “Is this really a sign of global warming (climate change)? or just another normal natural event!”
My name is Namal Javed and I believe climate change is real.