This seems to be a relatively unbiased description of the causes of the fires in Australia, as well as the way climate change actions have been politicized by both sides to the point nothing is being accomplished.
At least 24 lives have been lost, and many others are missing. Hundreds of homes and businesses have been incinerated, as have more than 60,000 square kilometres of bushland. The Premier of my home state of New South Wales, the region that’s been worst affected, describes the crisis as “uncharted territory,” with some towns at risk of being completely wiped out. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who took a brief holiday at the start of the crisis, has been accused of poor leadership. And critics have taken the opportunity to demand that Australia’s climate policy be immediately overhauled to reflect this national disaster.
But what exactly is causing this year’s extreme fire season? Climate change? Arson? Drought? In fact, it’s all of the above.