Jan 12, 2015

Bushfires, health and climate change — a doctor’s view from the SA fires

The Abbott government's blind denial of climate change leaves Australia unprepared to cope with the increasing costs of natural disasters, writes honorary secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia Dr David Shearman.

Bushfire season in the Adelaide Hills is one of increasing insecurity. Watching last week’s huge bushfire from the upper slopes of Mount Lofty where we live, there were five long days and nights to ruminate on the human predicament in relentless climate change.

This is a region of undulating hills and valleys, heavily wooded between countless small highly productive areas of vines, orchards, small holdings with sheep and cattle and horticulture, interspersed with small towns and hamlets.

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