Why Australia Is Burning (Project-Syndicate)

Many commentators have responded to Australia’s severe bushfire season by sounding the alarm about global warming. But while climate volatility certainly poses a threat to Australia, the more immediate cause of this year’s massive fires is poor land and forest management.


Ramesh Thakur, a former United Nations assistant secretary-general, is Emeritus Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He is the author of The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect.

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