Bushfires can have significant physical and psychological impacts on those who experience them, and pollutants from bushfires affect air quality, not only locally, but up to thousands of kilometres away from their source, writes DEA's Queensland Chair Dr Beau Frigault.
Record winter heat and low rainfall has led to severe drought, and it has prompted many areas around Queensland, NSW and Victoria to announce their earliest total fire ban in history.
Human induced climate change is contributing to extreme weather events.
Australia should be taking more drastic measures to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy--the health of every Australian depends on it.
First published in Queensland Country Life on 17 September 2018
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