[ASC-media] FW: AusSMC BRIEFING: November bushfires - are they exceptional, could they have been prevented and is climate change to blame?

Susannah Eliott Susannah at smc.org.au
Tue Nov 12 13:23:27 PST 2019

Hi All
This is a background briefing and ASCers are welcome to tune in. Questions from journalists will be prioritised.

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Subject: AusSMC BRIEFING: November bushfires - are they exceptional, could they have been prevented and is climate change to blame?

Issued: 12 November 2019
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BRIEFING ALERT: November bushfires - are they exceptional, could they have been prevented and is climate change to blame?

BRIEFING: Wed 13th Nov 2019 at 10:30 AEDT ONLINE

Bushfires are raging across the country, with particularly fierce fires in QLD and NSW.

Reports that more than 850,000 hectares of land in New South Wales have been razed since the start of this year's bushfire season suggest these fires may be unprecedented, and out-of-control fires continue to burn in QLD and SA.

As the country burns, some politicians have pointed the finger at 'greenies', claiming environmental regulations have exacerbated the fires.

So is this fire season unprecedented, could any of these fires have been prevented using fire-management practices or through environmental regulation, or is climate change to blame?

Join us for this online media briefing, when leading Australian experts will address these issues.


  *   Professor Ross Bradstock is Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong
  *   Professor David Bowman is Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, and Director of the Fire Centre Research Hub at The University of Tasmania
  *   Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick is a Future Fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW


Date: Wed 13 Nov 2019
Start Time: 10:30am AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min
Venue: Online

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