News

Al Gore says global warming will worsen bushfires

FORMER US vice-president and climate change campaigner Al Gore has told ABC's 7.30 Report that Australia's leaders are in denial about climate change. 

Mr Gore, whose documentary crews focused on the Bundaberg floods in an online documentary on climate change, linked lack of action on climate change to big cigarette companies. 

"It's not my place to get involved in your politics," he told the ABC,  "but it reminds me of politicians here in the United States who got a lot of support from the tobacco companies and argued there was absolutely no connection between cigarettes and lung cancer."

Mr Gore conceded that bushfires did happen naturally, but said global warming would cause them to be more severe, and more regular. 

"Bushfires can occur naturally and do, but the sciene shows clearly when the temperature goes up and vegetation and soils dry out that wildfires become more pervasive and dangerous," he said.

"That's not me saying it, that's what the scientific community says."

Mr Gore praised Australia's bravery in battling the fires in New South Wales. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of New South Wales," he said. 

Topics:  al gore, bushfires, climate change



Third crash causes traffic delays

Two cars crashed at the intersection of Maryborough and Electra Streets.

Three crashes in one day has kept police busy

No charges over photos of baby with drugs on chest

SAFE: The photo at the centre of the social media storm.

Police continue to investigate Facebook photos

Mystery over mass kill of animals at Botanic Gardens

DEAD IN THE WATER: Birds, turtles, eels and lizards are dying in alarming numbers at the Botanic Gardens in North Bundaberg.

Mystery over why animals are dropping dead at Botanic Gardens

Local Partners

The Dixie Chicks to headlline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

Our funny bachelor bows out

The Bachelorette contestant Aaron Brady from Golden Beach. Supplied by Channel 10.

COAST marketing executive eliminated from The Bachelorette.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Developers boost confidence in Bundaberg property market

Slow and steady growth has always been Bundaberg’s way

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.