Climate Change could catalyze the need for Australia to double its fire fighting force by 2030. But climate change's global impacts could also unravel international mutual aid agreements used in the continent's current response operations. [Image: Wikipedia Commons]
Cross-posted by the Center for Climate and Security
Australia is coming off of its warmest documented year on record, and the climate-vulnerable continent needs more firefighters. As referenced in a landmark report from the Climate Council of Australia, the nation’s firefighting force must double to 22,000 personnel by 2030 to combat a projected upsurge in dangerous brushfires. But the threat of climate change is working in parallel--something which could enhance fire risk and even potentially unravel international mutual aid agreements.