IPCC predicted Australian wildfires

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    Although the wildfires caught so many victims by surprise last weekend, there has been no shortage of distant early-warning signs. The 11th chapter of the second working group of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for example, warned that fires in Australia were "virtually certain to increase in intensity and frequency" because of steadily warming temperatures over the next several decades. Research published in 2007 by the Australian government's own Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization reported that by 2020, there could be up to 65% more "extreme" fire-danger days compared with 1990, and that by 2050, under the most severe warming scenarios, there could be a 300% increase in such days. "[The fires] are a sobering reminder of the need for this nation and the whole world to act and put at a priority the need to tackle climate change," Australian Green Party leader Bob Brown told the Sky News.

    Why Global Warming May Be Fueling Australia's Fires - TIME
     
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    "and that's it for the weather tonight, folks. We will be right back with the sports after this short word from our sponsor !"
     
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    Well, Ducky, old boy, I guess that is the best that you can do.
     
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    it's good to know that the folks at ipcc can predict lightning in the summer.
    how did we ever get along without them?
     
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    weren't the wildfires started by an arsonist?
     
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    i think at least 2 were lighning strikes, but i believe some were set as well. i've also read they were exacerbated because of policies prohibiting clearing out brush and undergrowth. also, unusually high winds didn't help.

    Angry survivors blame council 'green' policy | theage.com.au

    Diuretic is an Aussie, maybe he can lend a hand here.
     
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    So what? The OP is irrelevant. I saw 3 years mentioned:2020,2050,2070. Are you really suggesting that this years fires were predicted? Damn son, reading comprehension is your friend, don't be afraid of it.
     
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    thats chris/kirk to a tee
     
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    As far as I know the word is that some - I don't know how many - of the fires were started by firesetters. There are two people in custody now, I think related to the fire in Churchill in Gippsland in western Victoria, but they could also be looters, there have been reports of lowlife bastards looting. There is a theory that the Marysville fire that wiped out the town was deliberately set. I think that most of the first though were from natural causes (here that's usually lightning strike). But I wouldn't be surprised if some prick flicked a cigarette butt out of the car window. Yes, people are THAT stupid.
     

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