Australian PM warns of climate change with fires

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned that the country could see more extreme weather in the future due to climate changes, as dozens of wildfires burn in south-eastern regions.

Gillard visited areas of Tasmania devastated by the fires Monday 7 January and said that the state of New South Wales could also face catastrophic conditions on Tuesday, when temperatures there are expected to reach up to 45 degrees Celsius.

“While you would not put any one event down to climate change … we do know that over time as a result of climate change we are going to see more extreme weather events,” she said.

Fires began last week in Tasmania and, while no deaths have been reported, over 100 buildings have been destroyed and some communities have been cut off.

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