Global warming is predicted to make bush fires 25%-50% more frequent in Australia.
Models suggest global warming could bring temperature rises as high as 6C for Australia this century, if global emissions continue unabated. The country is undergoing the worst drought in century, stretching for seven years already.
While exceptional hot years used to occur every 22 years, they now occur every 1-2 years making permanent drought a looming reality for Australians.
Date: 8 February 2009