Australia witnessed its “warmest year on record” in 2019, apparently causing the ongoing bushfires across the country, Canberra said Thursday.  

“The mean temperature for the 10 years from 2010 to 2019 was the highest on record, at 0.86 °C [1.5F] above average, and 0.31 °C warmer than the 10 years 2000–2009,” the country’s meteorology bureau said in a statement.

Australia is witnessing deadly bushfires estimated to have killed 1.25 billion animals with over 20 million acres of land burned.

At least 25 people lost their lives while battling the heavy blazes that erupted last August, causing millions of dollars

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