by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 07 Jan 2020]
If Australia and other countries meet their current emission reduction targets bushfires are still going to get much, much worse. Over the past century, humans have caused the world to warm by one degree, but if Australia and the rest of the world stay their current course, we’ll heat the world by three degrees. This year’s record-breaking fires in the Amazon, Russia and Australia barely provide a glimpse of what a world three degrees warmer looks like.