Abbott boots UN climate change busy-body in the bum

Tony Abbott has come out fighting this week in Australia, especially over silly claims that bush-fires are caused by climate change.

Tony Abbott has accused the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, of “talking through her hat” for suggesting there was a link between global warming and bushfires.

The head of a United Nations committee on climate change told CNN this week global warming was “absolutely” linked to wildfires and heatwaves.  

“Yes there is, absolutely,” Figueres said when asked whether there is a link between climate change and wildfires. “The World Meteorological Organisation has not established a direct link between this wildfire and climate change – yet. But what is absolutely clear is the science is telling us that there are increasing heatwaves in Asia, Europe, and Australia; that these will continue; that they will continue in their intensity and in their frequency.”

But asked about the remarks on on radio 3AW on Wednesday, Abbott said: “The official in question is talking through her hat.

Abbott said Australia had suffered “terrible fires” throughout its history.

“Fire is part of the Australian experience … it has been since humans were on this continent,” he said.

“Climate change is real … but these fires are certainly not a function of climate change, they are just a function of life.”


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