In fact, there’s plenty we can do to make future fires less likely
One of the dominant ideas buzzing around the internet is that there’s little we can do to escape the prospect of more frequent and worse bushfires – ever.
–That’s because there’s little we can do to slow or reverse the change in the climate.
–Australia accounts for just 1.3% of global emissions. That’s much more than you would expect on the basis of our share of world’s population, which is 0.33%. But even if we stopped greenhouse gas emissions as soon as we could and started sucking carbon back in (as would be possible with reafforestation) it’d make little difference to total global emissions, which is what matters – or so the argument goes.
–But this argument ignores the huge out-of-proportion power we have to influence other countries.