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February 10th, 2009
12:01 PM ET

Why global warming may be fueling Australia's fires

Bryan Walsh
Time


The raging infernos that have left more than 160 people dead in southern Australia burned with such speed that they resembled less a wildfire than a massive aerial bombing. Many victims caught in the blazes had no time to escape; their houses disintegrated around them and they burned to death. As firefighters battle the flames and police begin to investigate possible cases of arson around some of the fires, there will surely be debates over the wisdom of Australia's standard policy of advising residents either to flee a fire early or stay in their homes and wait it out. John Brumby, the premier of the fire-hit Australian state of Victoria, told a local radio station on Monday that "people will want to review that...There is no question that there were people who did everything right, put in place their fire plan and it [didn't] matter, their house was just incinerated."

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  1. Luis

    Their is no global Warming!!!

    Period.

    You talk about fear mongering? Wow. Al Gore and Obama say we might drown due to the rise of the ocean levels.

    Guess what it's not. LOSERS.

    February 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  2. Maria

    In general, global warming was set as political agenda, rather than serious issue. Many people think global warming means an increase in temperature around the globe and that is why many people will never believe it, because they experience a decrease in temperature. In fact, the global warming refers to the increase in the average global temperature and the green house effect contributed in climate change. What is going on in Australia is really devastating and it is the time to re-think green, this may significantly slow down the adverse effect of climate changes.

    February 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  3. Mari, Salt Lake City

    BUT......... according to the far-right....... there is no Global Warming!

    Idiots.

    February 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm |