Winemaker has lost all crop due to bushfires and has threatened his family business.
- Increasing temperatures and less rainfall has lead to greater forest fire danger.
- Parts of the region have seen 200-300mm reduction in rainfall since 1950.
- The region has experience the past 21 years in a row above average annual temperatures.
- The 2000-19 period has seen a 67% increase in total fire bans across Victoria compared to the preceding two decades.
- Victoria has become substantially drier
- The number of dangerous bushfire days is increasing, along with the intensity of fires.
- Inaction will see an increase in severe fire days in southern and eastern Australia by up to 160-190% by 2090.
- Economic costs of bushfires in Victoria is an estimated $180 million per year, this is predicted to double by 2050.
- Increase in fires will mean more fatalities, but also an increase in adverse health affects caused by smoke, this can include cardiac arrests and increased inhalation of cancer causing chemicals; the elderly are most vulnerable.
- Increased fires will also mean an increase in people who suffer from post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, grief, among other mental health problems.
- Increasing bushfires poses a huge threat to Victoria’s enormous agriculture industry, worth over $14 billion.
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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
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“History of TFBs,” CFA, accessed April 29, 2019, https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/history-of-tfbs
Chris Pedler, “CFA maps show central Victoria is significantly drier than last year,” Bendigo Advertiser, published Octorber 23, 2018, https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5717049/cfa-heatmaps-show-how-dry-central-victoria-is-compared-to-last-year/
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Joshua Whittaker, John Handmer, and David Mercer, “Vulnerability to Bushfires in Rural Australia: A Case Study from East Gippsland, Victoria,” Journal of Rural Studies28, no. 2 (2012).168.
“Agriculture in Victoria,” Agriculture Victoria, accessed April 29, 2019, http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture