Australia has witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change, as devastating wildfires have forced thousands to flee in south-eastern Australia, have killed at least 24 people, including three firefighters, have burned about 14.5 million acres and have killed nearly a billion native animals.

Climate lawyers are watching.

While climate change might not have ignited the fires, it is creating warmer temperatures, which enable brush fires to turn into catastrophic blazes as they feed on more dried vegetation and reduce water availability because of higher evaporation, climate scientists say.

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