Aus minister cites Wikipedia to dismiss climate link

Greg Hunt defended Abbott’s argument that fires had long been part of Australian life.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Sydney | Published:October 25, 2013 2:25 am

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt has played down links between the country’s bushfire disaster and climate change after he “looked up what Wikipedia said”.

His comments came as US environmental activist Al Gore likened PM Tony Abbott’s insistence that wildfires had nothing to do with changing climate patterns to the tobacco industry claiming smoking does not cause lung cancer.

Both Hunt and Gore weighed in on the issue after UN climate chief Christiana Figueres’s assertion this week that there was “absolutely” a connection between wildfires and rising temperatures.

In a testy interview with BBC radio Wednesday,Hunt defended Abbott’s argument that fires had long been part of Australian life and were not linked to climate change.

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