‘Black Summer’ royal commission hearings begin today

The National Bushfires Royal Commission’s hearings get underway today, are are set to focus on climate change.

More than 3000 homes were lost over the ‘Black Summer’, which tragically claimed the lives of 33 people.

More than 10 million hectares of land were burned, which is roughly 1.6 percent of Australia’s total land mass.


Today, the two week hearing of the Royal Commission get underway, but will be conducted electronically due to coronavirus restrictions.

It’s expected to hear from scientists from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, with a focus on climate change.

They’ll be giving evidence about climate trends, as well as the key drivers of bushfires and other natural hazards.

The hearing will also hear from people directly affected by the fires.

There have been more than 1,400 public submissions already.

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