[LISTEN] Australian wildfires and their ties to climate change

Australia’s bushfires continue this week despite cooler weather.

At least 180 fires continued to burn across Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) states.

The news agency says about 20 bushfires were yet to be contained in NSW.

Environmental journalist at Daily Maverick's climate unit Our Burning Planet, Tiara Walters, and professor of plant ecology at Stellenbosch University, Guy Midgley, unpack the impact this has had and how much of this is related to climate change.

The issue is that the fingerprint of climate change is exceptionally clear on these events. It is the driest period on record, it has been the hottest on record. Then there were some other things that are shifting around in the atmosphere to cause high winds and the combination of these factors creates fires that are basically impossible to fight.

Guy Midgley, Professor of plant ecology - Stellenbosch University

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