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Australian Bush Fires

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 24 October 2013

Bush fires have been spreading across New South Wales, Australia, for over a week with little hope of getting them under control soon. Although bush fires are an expected part of an Australian summer, the fire season has started much earlier than usual. We look at the causes of the Australian bush fires and consider how much of them are due to human impacts on the climate.

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(Photo credit: A firefighter hoses down the flames in New South Wales © AFP/Getty Images)


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