Expert: Australia bushfires

Published: 8 January 2020

Australia continues to burn after more than a month of raging bushfires, and it doesn't appear the smoke-filled skies will be clearing any time soon. More than five million hectares have burned, 19 people have died, and 21 people are missing. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. More than eight million more were under an emergency order. (CBC)

Here is an expert from McGill University that can provide comment on this issue:

Sébastien Jodoin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

The wildfires in Australia provide an unfortunate example of the serious and immediate threat posed by climate change to the planet and populations around the world. They also illustrate the significant human costs of Australia’s failure to reduce its carbon emissions in line with what climate science tells us is necessary to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of the climate crisis.”

Sébastien Jodoin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law, as well a member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and an associate member of the McGill School of Environment. His research focuses on legal and policy solutions to complex environmental and social problems that cut across multiple fields and levels of governance.

sebastien.jodoin [at] (English, French)

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