Doubtful statistic

Trevor Scott, Castlemaine

Hal Curwen-Walker (‘Malthusian scaremongering’, Opinions, August 28), says that the Californian bushfires are not evidence of climate change. Are over a thousand bushfires in NSW already this August, not enough evidence for you?
Well-known American scientist James Hansen of NASA, testified before Congress in 1988 (i.e. 30 years ago!) that there was a real warming trend linked to human activity. This was followed in 2006 by some hard scientific evidence about global warming in a film called An Inconvenient Truth by former vice-president of the USA, Al Gore.
You say in your letter ‘Total area destroyed by bushfire has decreased by approximately 50 per cent since 2008 and the trajectory is downwards’. Where on earth does this doubtful statistic come from?

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  • September 5, 2018 at 10:20 am
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    Tony Abbott (2011): “I think that climate change is real, mankind does make a contribution and we should have strong and effective policies to deal with it.”

    Margaret Thatcher (1990): “Our ability to come together to stop or limit damage to the world’s environment will be perhaps the greatest test of how far we can act as a world community.”

    So much for the socialist wealth redistribution conspiracy theory

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