The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world

The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world if temperatures are allowed to rise to dangerous levels, according to scientists.

“This is what you can expect to happen … at an average of 3C [above pre-industrial levels],” said Richard Betts, professor of geography at Exeter University. “We are seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions in a 3C world. It tells us what the future world might look like. This really brings home what climate change means.”

On impeachment, Republicans in the Senate appear to be backing down from the idea of dismissing the articles against the president outright after admitting they do not have the votes to see through such a controversial move.

Donald Trump has been accused of “engaging in hate speech against an entire religion” after retweeting a meme of senior Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in Muslim dress as press secretary Stephanie Grisham explained he posted it to attack the opposition for “almost taking the side of terrorists” in the Iran crisis.

It is not clear how many arrests have been made, or whether they include General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who has previously said he is to blame.

This morning Boris Johnson described last Wednesday’s tragedy as an “appalling mistake”.

Masoud Kimaie and Houman Seyyedi were among the directors who pulled out, along with the actresses Fatemh Motamed Arya and Mahtab Keramati. Top musicians have pulled out of the accompanying music festival and Alireza Assar, a popular singer, cancelled concerts in protest.

Amir Mehdi Ghazvini, one of the actors boycotting the theatre festival, wrote: “I swear to the beautiful eyes of Rastin and Rira, I can’t do this” — a reference to a brother and sister who were on board Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

Tehran had fired a missile barrage at US bases on the night of the crash and mistook the passenger jet for a military plane poised to retaliate. 

Trump has yet to respond to Trudeau, with whom he has previously clashed.