Lomborg: "A new review of the available data suggests it’s not actually possible to detect a link between global warming and fire for Australia today."
Mr Lomborg said while the recent bushfire season was very significant, “if we go back in history about 11% of Australia’s surface used to burn every year in 1900” and “today that number is about 5.3%”.
“So we have seen more than half of the area burnt, partly because we have much more agriculture and we have better forest management – we have actually done a lot to reduce the area,” Mr Lomborg told Sky News.
The IPCC says it is hard to say (‘low confidence’) whether global drought has become better or worse since 1950.
Figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show no trend in the proportion of the globe in drought since 1950 (see Figure 1). Others have suggested a decline in drought levels in recent decades.
The Daily Telegraph: Serial arsonists will face the full force of the law after NSW Police announced a crackdown on fire bugs in the wake of investigations which showed 716 fires this season did not occur naturally. Of that number it is unclear how many were the work of arsonists and what was the result of negligent behaviour. Dedicated investigators will now trawl through evidence to separate the two.
Physicist Dr. Ralph Alexander: "There’s simply no evidence for the recent statement in Time magazine by Malcolm Turnbull, former Australian Prime Minister, that “Australia’s fires this summer – unprecedented in the scale of their destruction – are the ferocious but inevitable reality of global warming.” Turnbull and climate alarmists should know better than to blame wildfires on this popular but erroneous belief."