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

Alison Leigh alisonleigh at iprimus.com.au
Wed Nov 13 14:49:28 PST 2019

Hi S

When is a good time to talk today ?

I am at my desk till midday - then in a car  to canberra - as passenger -so  can talk then as well 

I only caught the last bit of your bushfire briefing as i stupidly thought you’d be on Adelaide time -

This morning I heard ex fire chief on RN breakfast - Greg Mullins - the bloke Lisa Upton told us about 

He was brilliant : here’s an excerpt of what he said 

....... it's a fact that over the past five years our emissions have been going up, not down. It appears we are using credits from our very low Kyoto commitments to offset the Paris [agreement obligations].

"Mother Nature is not fooled by dodgy accounting, she just sees the CO2 go up."

Mr Mullins said climate change "makes the drought much worse, and we see these mega fires that we just can't put out."

He said he wants to see a bipartisan approach to addressing climate change and for the government to declare a climate emergency.

"It is not normal, it hasn't happened like this before. We can't fix the past so let's start now and fix the base cause, which is the burning of coal and gas.

I think the Climate Council’s idea of using him as their spokesperson might be an example to discuss in the ASC session - by Feb we will know whether it has succeeded in changing policies .

I’d like to talk to you about strategic examples we could use as talking points .

Anyway give me a time that suits you.

AL x

> On 13/11/2019, at 8:23 AM, Susannah Eliott <Susannah at smc.org.au> wrote:
> Hi All
> This is a background briefing and ASCers are welcome to tune in. Questions from journalists will be prioritised.
> Cheers
> Susannah
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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.
> Speakers:
> 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
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