Australian Prime Minister's approval rating scorched by forest fires

Australian PM admits mistakes, wants commission into brushfire response

"Fire weather does occur naturally, but is becoming more severe and widespread due to climate change", said professor Richard Betts, a co-author of the paper, and head of climate impacts Research at the Met Office Hadley Centre.

The survey was conducted after Morrison announced a $ 2 billion Australian forest fire recovery fund ($ 1.4 billion) and summoned 3,000 army reservists to support state emergency workers, responses that were deemed too slow.

Acknowledging the pressure the fire services were under, Mr Morrison said there was a "new appetite" for the government to take a more direct role in responding to the disaster.

Morrison said he would propose a powerful judicial inquiry, known as the Royal Commission, into the handling of the fires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his minister for emission reduction Angus Taylor say that Australia does not need to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions more aggressively to reduce global warming, and points out that it has exceeded its 2020 emission reduction targets. "I want to do that with a balanced policy, which recognizes Australia's broader national economic interests and social interest". Morrison rejected criticism that his government had not done enough before the bushfire season started, but he admitted that once the fires started, some responses could have been different. It's never a good thing to come across deceased wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos. It was surpassed by opposition Labor leader Anthony Albanese. "And nor should the need for national leadership".

There is "no doubt" that climate change is increasing the risk of wild fires around the world, researchers said today, as Australia's government faces criticism for denying devastating bush fires are definitively linked to global warming.

Satellite image shows a close-up of fires at Honeysuckle Point, New South Wales, Australia, taken on January 12, 2020. More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed in the state.

A number of fires burning in the Snowy Mountains region in New South Wales and into Victoria have merged across more than 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of land.

Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Sunday an out of control and unpredictable fire that is moving slowly in the state's south, poses a possible threat to lives and homes in the area. Australian authorities said the next few hours could be "very, very challenging" even as rain poured down in some parts.



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