An Australian fire fighter says the battle against a fire that has devastated an entire town is a “good start” for the federal government to tackle the threat posed by climate change.
Firefighting spokesman Mike Haggart says while the battle will take years, it will also be a good start in addressing the problem.
“I’m really hoping that we can start with just being aware that we’re in a warming climate and the problem is the fire,” Mr Haggarts told ABC News Breakfast.
Mr Haggars firefighting backpack is a carbon-capture-and-storage system that captures carbon dioxide and stores it for use by other firefighting equipment.
This technology is being developed by a consortium of companies including the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) company, which will be providing about $500 million in funding over the next five years to develop the technology.
But Mr Hoggarts concerns about climate change are not just about fires.
He says the firefighting community needs to start preparing for climate change and how we can adapt.
Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Service has also raised its concerns about the effects of climate change, saying the risks are not insignificant.
The agency has called on the Federal Government to commit to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, there have been concerns over the impact of climate changes on bushfires.
In New Zealand the Department of Conservation has issued a new strategy to prepare for bushfires and a new national plan for bushfire management.
It also said it would work with industry to develop technologies to reduce bushfire risk, and it is reviewing bushfire operations and planning for future bushfires to ensure the best use of resources.
Topics:climate-change,environment,government-and/or-politics,fire,bushfire,national-parks,fire-supply,firefighting,barrhaven-2400,canberra-2600,qld,nsw,australiaFirst posted June 13, 2020 16:11:22Contact Matt StoddartMore stories from New Zealand