Flames consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, California, in November. Photo: AP

2019 was second hottest year ever, with more extreme weather on the way as expert warns to ‘raise the red flag’

  • Average global temperature was 1.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, creeping towards limit after which major changes to life on Earth are expected
  • World Meteorological Organisation says heat likely to lead to more events like Australian bush fires of 2020
Topic |   Climate crisis
Flames consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, California, in November. Photo: AP
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