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Controversial commentator Bjorn Lomborg’s bushfire claim debunked

By Sally Whyte
The Canberra Times
February 10, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Bjorn Lomborg

CANBERRA, Australia …Dr Lomborg, a Danish political scientist, argues that while climate change is happening, it’s not an emergency and governments should not panic when developing policies. …Dr Lomborg has argued that this summer’s bushfires can’t be attributed to climate change, as the total area of Australia burned across Australia has not increased. …Dr Lomborg wrote that across Australia, the number of hectares lost to fires between 1997 and 2018 declined by a third. Dr Lomborg said… that while temperate forests have burnt more, other land types have burnt less. Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University Mark Howden has countered the argument. …”The true comparison is actually looking at the forest area burning. …Professor Howden… says others factors including the intensity of the fires and dryness of the bush are also relevant when discussing climate change and bushfires.

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