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Owing to the smoke from nearby wildfires, Canberra this month has had the world’s worst air-quality index, with readings 20 times above the official hazardous threshold. The city also recently experienced its hottest day on record (44 Celsius). Meanwhile, Delhi had its coldest December day on record. Both are evidence of growing climate volatility, confirming the reality of global warming.

In assigning blame for the fires, however, some critics — including the editorial board of the Financial Times — have lazily pointed a finger at climate denialism. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been criticized vehemently for his slowness to help fire-ravaged communities.

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