Bushfire season: Regional communities on frontline

By Professor Lesley Hughes
Updated December 12 2016 - 1:12pm, first published December 9 2016 - 1:16pm

As an ecologist and a councillor with the Climate Council, I have had the privilege of meeting many of the dedicated Australian men and women who pick up a fire hose every summer to protect their communities. Firefighters who have seen how extreme heat and excessive fuel loads can combine to produce truly terrifying fires are often eager to share their experiences of how climate change is affecting the nature of firefighting.

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