Feb 7, 2009: Black Saturday bushfires around Melbourne, 173 killed.

The Black Saturday bushfires[7] were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009 and were Australia’s worst ever natural disaster. The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions and resulted in Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire;[8] 173 people died[6][9] and 414 were injured as a result of the fires.

The fires inspired Philip Chubb to write “Power Failure“, his book about the Rudd/Gillard governments and their climate policies.

And yes, attribution.

Other things that happened on this day:

2008 Royal Geographical Society conference on adaptation. I think was hoping to have the same influence for adaptation as the Exeter conference (see Feb 3rd entry) had had for mitigation. Still, it posed the crucial question “are there limits to adaptation”? (Hint, “probably, and we are about to find out”) http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/events/2008/are-there-limits-adaptation

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